In the 39th District, 65% of our population is over the age of 65. Many of them rely on retirement benefits to get by. I have spoken to many of these folks who are struggling to make ends meet. Some have to make choices between necessities like: "Should I run my air conditioning or buy my blood pressure medicine?" or "Should I pay bills or buy food?" These come from real conversations I've had with people in our community.
As a resident and life-long member of this state, I am someone who has a heart for the people who have worked hard all of their lives. We need to stand up for those who have fought wars, faced unstable work environments with layoffs, and have retired to incomes that are well below poverty.
I would like to be the person you can count on to propose the elimination of the state income tax on retirements. All hardworking West Virginians deserve to be secure in their retirement; I feel that I owe them that! We all should be finding ways to help those that came before us and paved a way and much more.