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Rep. John Blanton prefiles bill to restore pension tax exemption for state workers

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 21, 2018) – Earlier this week, Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville, prefiled a bill that would give a tax exemption on the first $41,000 that former state workers earn from their pensions, restoring a previous law.

As part of the tax reform package that passed during the 2018 legislative session, the first $31,000 that former state workers receive from their pensions are not taxed. Previously, the first $41,000 were not taxed.

Rep. Blanton said the prefiled bill is part of a promise he made during the 2018 legislative session to help former state workers who live on fixed income.

“Thousands and thousands of former teachers, police officers, firefighters and other state workers depend on their pensions as one of their only sources of income,” Rep. Blanton said. "These people spent a significant amount of time protecting and serving the people of Kentucky. Restoring the original tax break on their pensions is the right thing to do." 

 

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