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Bruce Poliquin Wants to Repeal Social Security Offset

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine's 2nd District says he is seeking support for his proposal to do away with the Social Security offset for those getting many government pensions.

"My goal," he says, "is to try to fix this problem such that our teachers and firefighters and police officers in the state of Maine are not penalized."

At issue is a provision of the Social Security law that reduces the amount of a person's Social Security benefit if they are also receiving a government pension. Poliquin says the provision affects 14 states, so he's hopeful it will get fixed this year.

"If you are a teacher, for example, and you have worked in a job outside of teaching, because you are a part of the Maine State Retirement System you get a discount, or you get dinged, or get penalized and don't get your full Social Security benefit," he says.