Several dozen Navasota residents attended Congressman Kevin Brady’s Town Hall in the Navasota High School Cafeteria this month.
Following an hour of lively discussion, Brady said it was helpful finding out how Washington’s tax reform efforts are helping Grimes County families save more of what they earn.
One key issues for local teachers, police and fire fighters that was also discussed, Brady reported, is that Washington currently docks them when they’ve earned a pension at their regular position and then work a second job or summer. And, he added, they’re getting closer to a solution that will allow them to be treated like everyone else and get to keep more of their social security.
Several of those in attendance were Mid-South employees, all of whom were concerned about their retirement, as well.
The Congressman said that is sounds like they’re got a provision they use that expires next year. Stressing both that those are a lot of good workers and that pensions matter, Brady promised to do his homework when he gets back to make sure it doesn’t go away.
And while Brady said he’s pleased with his part in passing the first overhaul of the nation’s tax code in three decades, he admitted to Navasota News that he’s never really satisfied.
Brady said it drives him crazy that Washington forces people at 70 and a half to take money out of their retirement that they don’t even want and don’t need, and then tax them on it. He said that every year, Congress should take another look at ways to improve retirement, how to help families save and to keep their pensions secure.
You may contact Congressman Kevin Brady through his Conroe Office from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday toll-free at 1-877-441-5700.