State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Social Security

Paula Jean Swearengin: Fix solvency by lifting cap on incomes over $137,000

The solvency of Social Security is easily fixed by lifting the cap on incomes over $137 thousand. But solvency isn't the real problem. We need accurate and adequate cost of living adjustments now for our future generations, we need to bring back unions and strengthen our social security so all of us can have comfortable retirement.
Source: The Herald-Dispatch on 2020 West Virginia Senate race Apr 4, 2020

Michael Folk: Eliminate state tax on Social Security

West Virginia is 1 of only 13 States that tax Social Security. Why is Social Security "double taxed"? You are taxed on all income before Social Security withholding during your career. You should not have to pay again, once you receive the benefits in retirement.
Source: 2020 West Virginia Governor campaign website Dec 16, 2019

Jim Justice: Signs law phasing out tax on Social Security for most

Starting in the 2020 tax year, most citizens across West Virginia will begin to see an elimination on their social security tax. This is after Justice signed House Bill 2001, which exempts Social Security benefits from personal income taxes in a three-year phase-in. Starting with a person's 2019 taxes, the tax will be eliminated by 35 percent in the first year, increasing to 65 percent the following year and to the full 100 percent in the third year.
Source: W.V. MetroNews on 2020 West Virginia gubernatorial race Mar 28, 2019

Jim Justice: Eliminate state tax on Social Security benefits

Justice is proposing the elimination of a state tax on Social Security benefits, and offering significant funding increases for substance abuse, social services and tourism in the next fiscal year. If passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, eliminating the Social Security tax would mean a $50 million reduction in revenue collected. West Virginia is among 13 states that currently tax Social Security benefits. Surrounding states are not among them.
Source: Martinsburg Herald-Mail on 2020 West Virginia governor race Jan 10, 2019

Jim Justice: Totally exempt on your Social Security from State income tax

Today is the time for us to eliminate the tax on Social Security. Let me just say this, that what we're going to do in regard to Social Security is two things. We're going to give you a choice. If you want the $8,000 deduction, you can keep that. If you don't want that and you want totally exempt on your Social Security from State income tax, you've got that. Your choice.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to West Virginia legislature Jan 9, 2019

Joe Manchin III: Expand Social Security without privatization

Q: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?

Joe Manchin (D): No. Supports expansion.

Patrick Morrisey (R): Unclear. "Consider reforms to keep Social Security & Medicare solvent," but "not make changes that would negatively impact retirees."

Source: 2018 CampusElect Issue Guide on West Virginia Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Patrick Morrisey: Reforms to keep Social Security & Medicare solvent

Q: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?

Joe Manchin (D): No. Supports expansion.

Patrick Morrisey (R): Unclear. "Consider reforms to keep Social Security & Medicare solvent," but "not make changes that would negatively impact retirees."

Source: 2018 CampusElect Issue Guide on West Virginia Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Shelley Moore Capito: Raise payroll cap above $200,000

Q: What measures do you support to making social security solvent again?

Capito: "I do believe we should bust the [payroll] cap on the social security taxes and I'd be willing to take it above the $200,000 number."

Tennant: "I am supportive of raising the cap to $240,000. Another way that we can keep social security solvent is, quite simply, raise minimum wage. If you have more people getting paid, they're going to pay into social security more."

Source: WV MetroNews on 2014 West Virginia Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

Earl Ray Tomblin: Privatize W.V.'s workers' compensation system

We must be responsible stewards of State finances. We did that with our West Virginia Unemployment Trust Fund. Our fund is stable and solvent. While 27 other states have had to borrow billions from the federal government to pay benefits, we have not borrowed one dime!

We took the necessary steps to reform and privatize our workers' compensation system. That effort has resulted in rates that have been reduced by more than 47% since 2005. Our premiums are now below the national average!

Source: West Virginia 2012 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2012

Jay Wolfe: Allow investing payroll tax in private accounts

Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2008

Al Gore: Bush’s “federal program” flub indicates ingrained hostility

[Bush] sent a spokesperson out there to say ‘He misspoke, Social Security is a federal program.’ But it wasn’t a slip of the tongue. It was an expression of ingrained hostility to our ability as Americans to work through the instruments of self-governmen that our founders wrote into our Constitution. There is a preference on the other side for a dog-eat-dog, ‘every-person-to-himself’ mentality that works fine for the very wealthy, but does not work very well for those who are struggling to get by.
Source: Speech in West Virginia Nov 4, 2000

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Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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