*State Veterans Legislative Update 17 February 2017; SB 1443: veterans’ donation fund; tax credit

SB 1443: ‘veterans’ donation fund: tax credit’ is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Appropriation Committee at 2 PM on 21 February. It would establish the Arizona Veterans’ Donation fund as an Arizona Tax Credit organization in lieu of continuing the  Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) as an Arizona Tax Credit organization. The MFRF, established as an Arizona Tax Credit organization in 2007 to assist post 1/9/11 veterans, is scheduled to end in 2018. Of the approximately 9 million dollars donated to date, over 6 million dollars have been unused. SB 1443 would extend the time for disposition of currently unused funds to post 9/11/2001 Veterans and their families to 31 Dec 2025. Any unused funds as of 31 Dec 2025 would be transferred for deposit in the Veterans’ Donation Fund as originally planned at the end of 2018. This extension of time will “maintain faith” with those Arizona taxpayers who specifically donated for the purposes of assisting post 9-11 veterans and their families. Concurrently, the Bill would establish the current Veterans’ Donation fund as an AZ Tax Credit donation organization for the period 1 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2025 to augment its current source of resources to assist Arizona Veterans of all eras and their families, including post 9-11 Veterans

Please consider sending the draft message at the end of this Email to all Senate Appropriations Committee members ASAP

                    Guidance for processing and sending your Email(s).

When you are ready to forward the Message at the end of this text to all State Senate Appropriations Committee members:

Copy the Draft  Message at the end of this posting. Then open a New Email as you would usually do to send a message. Then paste what you copied below as the text of your New Email. Edit it if desired. Then add your name after the word ‘Respectfully’ at the end of your new message.

Then type  “ SB 1443: veterans’ donation fund: tax credit  as the subject of your New Email

Then come back to this posting and copy one of the lists of Senate Appropriations Committee Members shown below and paste it on the Bcc: line of your new Message

Then then hit SEND to send your Email

Email addresses with Semi-colons for members of the Senate Appropriations Committee:

SALLEN@azleg.gov; OCAJEROBEDFORD@azleg.gov; SFARLEY@azleg.gov; KHOBBS@azleg.gov; JKAVANAGH@azleg.gov; DLESKO@azleg.gov; SMONTENEGRO@azleg.gov; WPETERSEN@azleg.gov;; MQUEZADA@azleg.gov; STSMITH@azleg.gov;  

Senate Appropriations Committee members:                                                                                                                        

SALLEN@azleg.gov, OCAJEROBEDFORD@azleg.gov, SFARLEY@azleg.gov, KHOBBS@azleg.gov, JKAVANAGH@azleg.gov, DLESKO@azleg.gov, SMONTENEGRO@azleg.gov, WPETERSEN@azleg.gov, MQUEZADA@azleg.gov, STSMITH@azleg.gov,                     

                                          Draft Message

Dear Senator,

As an Arizona Veteran, I encourage you to support SB 1443: ‘veterans’ donation fund; tax credit’ in the Senate Appropiations Committee hearing. The Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF), established as an Arizona Tax Credit organization established in 2007 to assist post 1/9/11 veterans, is scheduled to end in 2018. Of the approximately 9 million dollars donated to date, over 6 million dollars have been unused. SB 1443 would extend the time for disposition of currently unused funds to post 9/11/2001 Veterans and their families to 31 Dec 2025. Any unused funds as of 31 Dec 2025 would be transferred for deposit in the Veteran’s Donation Fund as originally planned at the end of 2018. This extension of time will “maintain faith” with those Arizona taxpayers who specifically donated for the purposes of assisting post 9-11 veterans and their families. Concurrently, the Bill would dis-establish the MFRF as a Tax Credit organization and establish the current Veterans’ Donation fund as an AZ Tax Credit donation organization for the period 1 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2025 to augment its current source of resources to assist Arizona Veterans of all eras and their families, including post 9-11 Veterans.

I urge you to support SB 1443 in committee.

Respectfully,

 

 

Legislative Update 17 February 2017: New VA Secretary Hits the Ground Running

                                              We have no Action Items today

                                                                         Issues 

                  Click on the underlined titles below: 

 

MOAA OUTLINES THE FUTURE OF MILITARY HEALTH CARE

Modernizing health care takes an army

MOAA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret), represented military health care beneficiaries with key players in a panel discussion.

 

NEW VA SECRETARY HITS THE GROUND RUNNING

New SecVA confirmed and sworn in

Secretary David Shulkin assumes the reins none too soon, ready to tackle major issues facing the VA.

 
 

TOP 10 UNMET NEEDS FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS

Find out what you can do to help

We’ve identified unresolved issues for wounded, ill, and injured troops and their families on the topic of care coordination.

 

 

COLA WATCH

COLA Pops in January

2017 begins with the cost of living index trending upward.

 
 

MOAA STAFFER HONORED

Hill Vets top 100 announced

MOAA’s Director of Military Family Policy and Spouse Programs, Brooke Goldberg, was recognized for her excellence in advocacy for veterans, service members and supporters.

 

FOR ALL, Please feel free to pass these Weekly Legislative Updates on to your group of Veteran Friends – don’t be concerned with possible duplications – if your friends are as concerned as we are with Veteran issues, they probably won’t mind getting this from two or more friendly sources.

.                      That’s it for today- Thanks for your continuing help!