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Kokoruda Prepares for 2019 Legislative Session, Named Deputy Republican Leader At Large

Posted on January 16, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) recently received new committee assignments for her fifth two-year term serving the people of Madison and Durham.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides has chosen Rep. Noreen Kokoruda to serve in her 2019-2021 leadership team as Deputy Republican Leader At Large, which provides for a stronger voice at the legislative bargaining table and gives her leadership responsibilities on the House Floor during floor debate.

Rep. Kokoruda was reappointed to the legislature’s Appropriations, Education and Children Committees and will also serve on the Planning and Development and Legislative Management Committees.

“I am honored to be the voice of the 101st District in the Capitol” said Rep. Kokoruda. “There will undoubtedly be many obstacles to tackle this legislative session, but I am ready and eager to dedicate myself to working on all the challenges that may arise within my committees.”

“Rep. Kokoruda offers incredible insight in crafting policy for her district and entire state. I’m honored for her to serve as my deputy. In difficult political times she is the leader within the House that brings people together and resolves critical issues for our state,” said House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.

The General Assembly convened on January 9th, for a five-month session ending at midnight on June 5th. In odd-numbered years, or long sessions, legislators must vote on a biennial state budget, which they must pass before they adjourn.

Rep. Kokoruda can be reached at noreen.kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov  or 800-842-1423. Constituents can follow her legislative activity throughout the session by logging on to her website at www.repkokoruda.com and following her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RepKokoruda.

Rep. Kokoruda Attends Legislative Breakfast Hosted by Connecticut Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf

Posted on January 15, 2019 by admin


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Millie Morales, Marvey Corson, State Representative Noreen Kokoruda and Sheri Rombald attended a legislative breakfast at the Capitol in Hartford earlier this month, which was hosted by Connecticut Council Organizations Serving the Deaf (CCOSD). CCOSD is committed to serving the deaf and hard of hearing residents of Connecticut through their local and autonomous member organizations of or for the Deaf.

Tax Relief for Connecticut Seniors

Posted on January 15, 2019 by admin


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With tax season quickly approaching, I wanted to make sure you were aware of some pertinent information to ensure that seniors in Connecticut receive all of the tax relief to which they are entitled.

Last session, I joined my colleagues in the legislature in passing a budget that provided tax relief for seniors. Namely, we passed two provisions, one of which eliminated the income tax on Social Security and the other phases out the income tax on pensions.

 Social Security Income Tax Deduction

Effective for tax years beginning after 2019, individual taxpayers may deduct 100 percent of Social Security income, if federal adjusted gross income (AGI) is less than:

  • $75,000 for single filers and married taxpayers filing separately; or
  • $100,000 joint filers and heads of household

Furthermore, taxpayers with incomes equal to or greater than the thresholds qualify for a 75 percent deduction. The income thresholds are increased from $50,000 and $60,000, respectively.

Retirement Income Tax Deductions

Effective beginning with the 2019 tax year, individual taxpayers may deduct a portion of retirement income that is included in federal gross income, if federal AGI is below:

  • $75,000 for single filers, married taxpayers filing separately, and heads of households; or
  • $100,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly

The deduction is equal to:

  • 14 percent of pension or annuity income for the 2019 taxable year
  • 28 percent of that income for the 2020 taxable year
  • 42 percent of that income for the 2021 taxable year
  • 56 percent of that income for the 2022 taxable year
  • 70 percent of that income for the 2023 taxable year
  • 84 percent of that income for the 2024 taxable year
  • 100 percent of that income for the 2025 taxable year

Under current law, military and railroad retirement that is included in federal gross income is fully deductible.

Anyone with questions can also contact my office at 860-842-1423.

I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Noreen Kokoruda

State Representative for the 101st District