I am writing to you to ask you assistance with a pending legislative issue. This has directly to do with one of the DAV of MN’s top legislative priorities:
Military Retiree Tax Exemption– 39 states have some form of tax benefit, or no state income tax, for their retired Service Members, Minnesota does not. It is time for MN to join 39 other states and become as competitive as our neighbors in getting these Veterans to move back to the state.
The argument about how much this would cost is ineffective. We are talking about service members in their late thirties or early forties, many with families, who will join the workforce and become highly desired assets in our communities. Looking at the simple cost calculation is narrow sighted, in that it does not take into account the additional revenue, community benefits, leadership and entrepreneurship these highly desired individuals would bring to Minnesota with them.
The tax bill is currently in a conference committee that has yet to meet. However, if you look at the legislative calendar, if they are going to meet it will have to be soon. The House, to their credit, passed a provision to provide for a tax exemption for Military Retirees, the Senate did not. That means this Conference Committee will have the power to include/remove this long awaited for provision.
I am asking for your assistance in making it clear to our elected officials this is a top priority for the entire Veteran’s community in Minnesota.
Who is on the Conference Committee-
Sen. Skoe – District 02 – 651-296-4196
Sen. Rest – District 45 – 651-296-2889
Sen. Koenen – District 17 – 651-296-5094
Sen. Dziedzic – District 60 – 651-296-7809
Sen. Gazelka – District 09 – 651-296-4875
Rep. Davids – District 28B – 651-296-9278
Rep. Drazkowski – District 21B – 651-296-2273
Rep. Barrett – District 32B – 651-296-5377
Rep. Swedzinski – District 16A – 651-296-5374
Rep. Pelowski – District 28A – 651-296-8637
If you are represented by one of these members, you can contact them at the listed number. If you are unsure of who your local legislators are, or how to contact them, you can click on the below link:
Please take a moment to let the Legislature know the Veterans community in Minnesota believes it is time for us to join 39 other states in giving a tax incentive to our Military Retirees.
If you have any questions, would like information or to provide feedback you can contact me at: [email protected]
Trent Christian Dilks
DAV of Minnesota