State Rep. Joseph Bellino, of Monroe, today testified before the Michigan House Tax Policy Committee in support of his legislation, House Bill 4002, to repeal the controversial pension tax on Michigan senior citizens. Prior to 2012, public pensions were excluded as a form of taxable income.
“Michigan workers who were promised tax-free public pensions for most of their careers continue to be failed by our Legislature as they enter into retirement, facing penalties on those pensions, which should be a hard-earned and deserved financial security to sustain them in their senior years,” said Rep. Bellino. “We should be supporting and encouraging our seniors to spend their retirement right here in Michigan. The 2012 change allowing public pensions to count toward taxable income has only encouraged seniors to flee and spend their time and money in more welcoming states.”
Funding this legislation would require a reallocation of other state funds, but Bellino is confident the state has a strong enough fiscal standing to securely set aside resources for this bill.
“Every budget has bloat in it, and I am committed to working together with the appropriations committee to find resources to fund this important legislation,” said Rep. Bellino.
Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, released the following statement in regard to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) decision to adjust its vaccination tracking numbers to include inoculations of Michiganders vaccinated in other states.
State Rep. Joe Bellino yesterday sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer condemning her hypocritical behavior last weekend. The governor was pictured at an East Lansing basement restaurant violating state health department COVID-19 orders.
State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today questioned the governor for taking more than 12 months to determine a data-based reopening plan for the state of Michigan, but welcomed many of the science-backed changes. Bellino said Michiganders are ready to resume normal life and noted how important many of the updated metrics will be for that process.