Mary Kay Kisseberth: Boost Social Security

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To the editor:

It’s time for Congress to act so that Social Security benefits finally can start to keep pace with the cost of living. The average monthly benefit for Social Security retirees in Moffat County is $1,222. Nationally, the monthly average benefit is only $1,269, not much more than a worker earning minimum wage. With pensions disappearing and cost of living adjustments not keeping pace with our expenses now is the time to boost Social Security benefits. As a volunteer with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I think bills in Congress to phase in a $70-per-month increase will be a big help to seniors in Colorado and to our economy as a whole. Eliminating the $117,000 FICA tax cap on earnings will pay for the increase and will bring us closer to tax fairness at the same time. As things stand now, someone earning $50,000 each year pays more as a percentage of income in taxes than someone earning $200,000. That’s terribly unfair. It’s time to boost Social Security now!

Mary Kay Kisseberth

Comments

Allen Hischke 1 year, 4 months ago

The first thing that needs to be done is get all the freeloaders that never contributed to the fund off the hand out list. If you did not put money into the fund it should be against the law for you to get money from it.

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