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This little tidbit, yesterday:
All retired public employees are excluded from the 4.35% state income tax -- teachers, state, federal and local government workers.
So, if you are a retired public employee you now have NO RIGHT TO AN OPINON REGARDING INCREASING STATE TAXES. It is with that spirit that I give a hearty FUCK YOU to Jo and Jack Ellis of St. Claire Shores:
They don't pay any state taxes on their combined annual pensions of $62,000, or the $17,500 that Jo Ellis gets in Social Security benefits. He is taxed on earnings he gets from his position as a paid church music director. They said taxing retired teachers with much smaller pensions would be a hardship, as their out-of-pocket medical costs have risen.
"We have teaching friends who retired 20 or 25 years ago and get less than $18,000 a year. I don't know how they're eating," said Jo Ellis, 65.
She said the state should raise taxes to improve services. She said if teachers' pensions were taxed, smaller ones should be exempt -- say, those less than $20,000 -- and the extra revenue should be earmarked for public schools.
"The State" is me, not you. Who doesn't pay any state income taxes. You've got no fucking say in the matter. Shut the fuck up.
And, here's a cluebat for these folks. You have teaching friends who retired 20 or 25 years ago? Did they retire at 58 like you did? Perhaps that wasn't a good life choice? Perhaps they should have saved a bit more, or worked a tad longer.
What is the fucking deal with allowing teachers to retire (with full pensions, paying no state taxes) in their fifties? You are fucking PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. You work FOR US. You're not some entitled class. Shit you only worked 9 months out of a year anyway.
No wonder we're so screwed.