Category Archives: National Legislative Updates

*State Veterans Legislative Update 16 March 2017: SB 1248 Strike Everything Bill; ‘income tax subtraction: military retirement

SB 1248 is a Strike Everything (S/E) Bill that now includes the text of Senator Gail Griffin’s SB 1444 that failed to get a scheduled hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee last month after receiving a 4-3-0-0 vote in the Senate Finance Committee. SB1248 S/E: ‘income tax subtraction: military retirement’ will increase the income tax exemption for Military Retirees from the current $2,500 to $12,500 in 2019, to $25,000 in 2020 and to full exemption beginning in 2022. This will be an incentive for military retirees to choose Arizona as the place to retire and begin their new careers. The Governor has said that he wants Arizona to be the Friendliest State in the Nation to the Military. This bill is a good Start!  While this Bill addresses reducing and eventually eliminating state income tax for Military Retirees it will, in part, be replaced with sales tax on Homes and new cars and other daily purchases, property taxes on homes, etc. that they will spend their retirement and new career earnings on.

SB 1248 S/E is scheduled for a hearing in Monday, 20 March, at 1400 in the House office building, hearing room #3.

Please consider sending the draft message at the end of this Email to all Arizona State Representatives ASAP and encourage their support for SB 1248 S/E.

When you are ready to send the Message at the end of this text to all State Representatives: copy everything beginning with this paragraph and the instructions in the following paragraphs, the lists of Arizona House of Representatives Email addresses, and the Draft Message that is shown below the lists of Email addresses.

Then open a New Email on your computer as you usually do and paste what you just copied including these instructions as the text of that New Email. Then add your name at the ‘X’ after ‘Respectfully’ in your New Email. Don’t include your address as some legislators may delete your Email if they see the address is not in the area of their constituency. Then copy ” SB 1248 Strike Everything Bill : income tax subtraction: military retirement ” here and paste it as the subject of your New Email.

Then copy the list of Arizona House of Representatives Email addresses with Semi-colons: Email Addresses from the text of your new Email and paste it on the Bcc: line of your new Email. Be careful not to hit Send until after you complete the next step in this process!!!!!

Then delete everything before “Dear State Representative” in your New Message, and review what’s left to see that it just includes the Message that you want to send and you signature. Then you can hit SEND

Arizona House of Representatives Email addresses with Semi-colons:

jallen@azleg.gov; lalston@azleg.gov; randrade@azleg.gov; bbarton@azleg.gov; wbenally@azleg.gov; iblanc@azleg.gov; rbolding@azleg.gov; rbowers@azleg.gov; pboyer@azleg.gov; kbutler@azleg.gov; ncampbell@azleg.gov; mcardenas@azleg.gov; hcarter@azleg.gov; cchavez@azleg.gov; kclark2@azleg.gov; tclodfelter@azleg.gov; rcobb@azleg.gov; dcoleman@azleg.gov; dcook@azleg.gov; edescheenie@azleg.gov; kengel@azleg.gov; mepstein@azleg.gov; despinoza@azleg.gov; efarnsworth@azleg.gov; cfernandez@azleg.gov; mfinchem@azleg.gov; rfriese@azleg.gov; rgabaldon@azleg.gov; sgonzales@azleg.gov; tgrantham@azleg.gov; dhernandez@azleg.gov; djohn@azleg.gov; akern@azleg.gov; jlawrence@azleg.gov; vleach@azleg.gov; dlivingston@azleg.gov; plovas@azleg.gov; rmartinez@azleg.gov; jmesnard@azleg.gov; dmitchell@azleg.gov; pmosley@azleg.gov; tnavarrete@azleg.gov; jnorgaard@azleg.gov; bnutt@azleg.gov; kpayne@azleg.gov; ppowershannley@azleg.gov; rrios@azleg.gov; trivero@azleg.gov; jrubalcava@azleg.gov; msaldate@azleg.gov; asalman@azleg.gov; dshooter@azleg.gov; tshope@azleg.gov; dstringer@azleg.gov; msyms@azleg.gov; bthorpe@azleg.gov; ktownsend@azleg.gov; mudall@azleg.gov; mugenti-rita@azleg.gov; jweninger@azleg.gov;

House of Representatives addresses with comas:

jallen@azleg.gov, lalston@azleg.gov, randrade@azleg.gov, bbarton@azleg.gov, wbenally@azleg.gov, iblanc@azleg.gov, rbolding@azleg.gov, rbowers@azleg.gov, pboyer@azleg.gov, kbutler@azleg.gov, ncampbell@azleg.gov, mcardenas@azleg.gov, hcarter@azleg.gov, cchavez@azleg.gov, kclark2@azleg.gov, tclodfelter@azleg.gov, rcobb@azleg.gov, dcoleman@azleg.gov, dcook@azleg.gov, edescheenie@azleg.gov, kengel@azleg.gov, mepstein@azleg.gov, despinoza@azleg.gov, efarnsworth@azleg.gov, cfernandez@azleg.gov, mfinchem@azleg.gov, rfriese@azleg.gov, rgabaldon@azleg.gov, sgonzales@azleg.gov, tgrantham@azleg.gov, dhernandez@azleg.gov, djohn@azleg.gov, akern@azleg.gov, jlawrence@azleg.gov, vleach@azleg.gov, dlivingston@azleg.gov, plovas@azleg.gov, rmartinez@azleg.gov, jmesnard@azleg.gov, dmitchell@azleg.gov, pmosley@azleg.gov, tnavarrete@azleg.gov, jnorgaard@azleg.gov, bnutt@azleg.gov, kpayne@azleg.gov, ppowershannley@azleg.gov, rrios@azleg.gov, trivero@azleg.gov, jrubalcava@azleg.gov, msaldate@azleg.gov, asalman@azleg.gov, dshooter@azleg.gov, tshope@azleg.gov, dstringer@azleg.gov, msyms@azleg.gov, bthorpe@azleg.gov, ktownsend@azleg.gov, mudall@azleg.gov, mugenti-rita@azleg.govjweninger@azleg.gov,

                                                   Draft Message

Dear State Representative,

As an Arizona Veteran, I urge you to Co-Sponsor and/or support Senator Gail Griffin’s SB 1248 Strike Everything Bill that will be a major step in achieving the Governor’s desire to make Arizona the most Military Friendly State in the Nation.  It will increase  the income tax exemption for Military retirees over the years and eventually eliminate all Military Retirement pay from taxation by the State of Arizona. This proposal will provide a financial incentive for middle-aged Military Retirees to retire in Arizona. These retirees have proven records, have diverse skills, are well-educated, and will be a huge asset to Arizona if we can help them decide to make this their home. And the cost to implement will be significantly offset by sales taxes on new homes, cars and other day to day spending, property taxes, etc. that they will spend their retirement and new career earnings on. Please join Senator Griffin in supporting and urging your colleagues to support SB 1248 S/E Bill ‘income tax subtraction: military retirement’ in forthcoming House hearings.

Respectfully,

X

 

 

*State Veterans Legislative Update 11 March 2017: SB 1443 ‘veterans’ donation fund: tax credit’

Action is needed to get Arizona SB 1443 ‘veterans’ donation fund: tax credit’ to the House for a vote. It 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 funding to benefit Arizona Veterans of all eras including post 9/11/2001 (9-11) Veterans who are now served by the Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF). The Bill would terminate tax credit donations to the MFRF at the end of 2017, a year earlier than currently scheduled, but would extend the time for disposition of unused funds at the end of 2017 to post 9-11 Veterans to 31 Dec 2025. The MFRF currently has over $6 million of the approximately $9 million dollars in donations received over the past 9 plus years. Any unused funds as of 31 Dec 2025 would be transferred to the Veteran’s Donation Fund as originally planned for the MFRF program in 2018. This extension of time to dispose of remaining MFRF funds will “maintain faith” with those Arizona taxpayers who specifically donated for the purposes of assisting post 9-11 Veterans and their families, and it will encourage accomplishing this by 2025. Concurrently, establishing the current Veterans’ Donation fund as an AZ Tax Credit donation organization will benefit Veterans of all eras through at least 2025.

Please consider sending the draft message at the end of this Email to all Arizona State Representatives ASAP to encourage their support for moving the SB 1443 to committee and a House vote

When you are ready to forward the Message at the end of this Legislative Update to all State Representatives, copy everything beginning with this paragraph and everything below the Blue Line below, including: Subject: SB 1443: veterans’ donation fund: tax credit, the list of Arizona House of Representatives Email addresses with Semi-colons, and the Draft Message that is shown below the list of Email addresses.

Then open a New Email on you computer as you usually do and paste what  you just copied including these instructions as the text of that New Email. Then add your name at the ‘X’ after ‘Respectfully’. Don’t include your address as some legislators may delete your Email if they see the address is not in the area of their constituency. Then copy ” SB 1443: veterans’ donation fund: tax credit ” at the beginning of the  text that you just pasted and paste it as the subject of your New Email.

Then copy the list of Arizona House of Representatives Email addresses with Semi-colons Email Addresses from the text of your new Email and paste it on the Bcc: line of your new Email. Be careful not to hit Send until after you complete the next step in this process!!!!!

Then delete every thing before “Dear State Representative” in your New Message, and review what’s left to see that it just includes the Message that you want to send and you signature. Then you can hit SEND. 

______________________________________________________________________________

Subject: SB 1443: veterans’ donation fund: tax credit

Arizona House of Representatives Email addresses with Semi-colons:

jallen@azleg.gov; lalston@azleg.gov; randrade@azleg.gov; bbarton@azleg.gov; wbenally@azleg.gov; iblanc@azleg.gov; rbolding@azleg.gov; rbowers@azleg.gov; pboyer@azleg.gov; kbutler@azleg.gov; ncampbell@azleg.gov; mcardenas@azleg.gov; hcarter@azleg.gov; cchavez@azleg.gov; kclark2@azleg.gov; tclodfelter@azleg.gov; rcobb@azleg.gov; dcoleman@azleg.gov; dcook@azleg.gov; edescheenie@azleg.gov; kengel@azleg.gov; mepstein@azleg.gov; despinoza@azleg.gov; efarnsworth@azleg.gov; cfernandez@azleg.gov; mfinchem@azleg.gov; rfriese@azleg.gov; rgabaldon@azleg.gov; sgonzales@azleg.gov; tgrantham@azleg.gov; dhernandez@azleg.gov; djohn@azleg.gov; akern@azleg.gov; jlawrence@azleg.gov; vleach@azleg.gov; dlivingston@azleg.gov; plovas@azleg.gov; rmartinez@azleg.gov; jmesnard@azleg.gov; dmitchell@azleg.gov; pmosley@azleg.gov; tnavarrete@azleg.gov; jnorgaard@azleg.gov; bnutt@azleg.gov; kpayne@azleg.gov; ppowershannley@azleg.gov; rrios@azleg.gov; trivero@azleg.gov; jrubalcava@azleg.gov; msaldate@azleg.gov; asalman@azleg.gov; dshooter@azleg.gov; tshope@azleg.gov; dstringer@azleg.gov; msyms@azleg.gov; bthorpe@azleg.gov; ktownsend@azleg.gov; mudall@azleg.gov; mugenti-rita@azleg.gov; jweninger@azleg.gov;

                                                     Draft Message

Dear State Representative,

As an Arizona Veteran, I encourage you to support Senate Bill SB 1443: ‘veterans’ donation fund: tax credit’. This Bill would establish the current Veterans’ Donation Fund (VDF) as an AZ Tax Credit donation organization for the period 1 Jan 2018 through at least 31 Dec 2025 to augment its current sources of resources for financially assisting Arizona Veterans of all eras of service and their families, including post 9/11/2001 (9-11) Veterans who are now served by the Military Family Relief Funds (MFRF). It would cap annual donations at one million dollars, as has been the case for the MFRF over the past 9 plus years.

This bill has no fiscal impact except to move the existing AZ tax credit from the MFRF to the VDF. And the bill very importantly maintains integrity for the use of the accumulated donations already made to the MFRF.

Background/History: In 2007, United States armed forces were heavily engaged in both Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan. Service members from Arizona, including members of the Arizona National Guard, were being killed and wounded in these actions as is still happening today.

To provide assistance to those Arizona service members wounded and/or injured in the ongoing conflicts and their families, the 48th Arizona Legislature established the MFRF to provide financial assistance to family members of military personnel killed or wounded or who become ill in the line of duty and who were deployed post 9-11 from a military base in Arizona or who were members of the Arizona Army or Air National Guard.  This legislation also created an AZ tax credit for donations to the MFRF that currently runs through 2018.

The major complaint from some sections of the Arizona Veteran community have about the MFRF is that, as designed by the Legislature, it only assists post 9-11 veterans and that the tax credit donations over the ears have accumulated which, due to the narrow definition of the Fund’s purpose, and will not be expended for those purposes by the time the program is currently scheduled to terminate in 2018. As of January 2017 there were more than $6-million of unused funds in the MFRF because the funds have not been utilized at the rate originally expected. However, during 2016, approximately $624-thousand had been granted to applicants, demonstrating that there is still a need for those Funds.

In 1999, the Arizona Legislature created the Veterans’ Donation Fund (VDF) which, by statute is “used for the benefit of the veterans within this state with grants.” Historically, grants from the VDF are given to Arizona 501 c-3 non-profits and veteran service organizations that directly assist Arizona Veterans throughout the state and Veterans of all service eras. Currently, most of the monies in the VDF are currently raised by the sale of Veterans “Freedom” and other license plates.

SB 1443 would terminate tax credit donations to the MFRF beginning in 2018, but would extend the time for disposition of the some $6-million dollars of currently unused funds to post 9-11 Veterans and their families to at least 31 Dec 2025. At the current rate of utilization, that $6-million will probably be sufficient for all post 9-11 Veteran needs until 2025. And extending the use of those MFRF funds, as originally intended, to 2025  will “maintain faith” with those Arizona taxpayers who specifically donated for the purposes of assisting post 9-11 Veterans and their families.

By transferring the tax credit to the Veterans’ Donation Fund, new monies raised in this manner will be used for a myriad of needs which will benefit all Arizona Veterans who are in need of financial assistance throughout the State. This will make more money available to Veterans of all eras of service.

Please urge your colleagues to support SB 1443 and do what you can to get it on the Ways and Means Committee agenda and on any other necessary committee agendas, or possibly through a Strike Everything Bill, as may be needed to get it to a House vote ASAP during this Legislative Session, as needed to enable continued financial assistance for Arizona Veterans of all eras and their families.

Respectfully,

X

Legislative Update 10 March 2017: The Gap Between Providing and Accessing Resources for Military Families

                            We have One Action Items today at Issue 3 Below

                                                           Issues 

                  Click on the underlined titles below: 

 

THE GAP BETWEEN PROVIDING AND ACCESSING RESOURCES FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

Are support and services beyond reach?

In the March On Watch column, Brooke Goldberg, MOAA Government Relations Director of Military Family Policy/Spouse Programs, looks at the disconnect in availability of resources for military families.

 
 

MORE CHOICE, BETTER HEALTH CARE IN STORE FOR VETS

VA secretary unveils plan to build a “veterans first” health system

Secretary David Shulkin outlines an ambitious plan to improve VA care. How will this affect you?

 
 

SENIOR ENLISTED UNANIMOUSLY REQUEST FISCAL CERTAINTY

Highest-ranking enlisted say servicemembers are leaving service because of sequestration

Uncertainty in programs makes it difficult to retain top talent.

 
 

MOAA SPONSORS CONGRESSIONAL EVENT TO DISCUSS NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE

House lawmaker introduces bill to fix GI Bill loophole

Military leaders want this fixed. Congress wants it fixed. It’s time to ensure those who are called to duty earn their due credit.

 
 

PREPARING TO STORM FOR THE WIDOWS

MOAA staff met with key staffers on the HASC to encourage support ahead of Storming Week

SSIA is set to expire May 2018. A solution must be included in the 2018 defense bill.

 

 

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!

 

Legislative Update 3 March 2017: Is Trump’s Defense Budget Enough?

                                                    We have no Action Items today

 

                                                                             Issues 

                  Click on the underlined titles below: 

 

IS TRUMP’S DEFENSE BUDGET ENOUGH?

Proposal faces uphill battle

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget has many in Congress happy, but some key lawmakers say it isn’t enough.

 
 

VA SECRETARY OUTLINES NEW VISION

Sec. Shulkin outlines 10-point plan

The new VA secretary laid out a 10-point plan for improving veterans’ health care this weekend – and it doesn’t include a move toward privatization.

 
 

VA COSTS COULD BALLOON WITH ‘CHOICE’ REFORM, NEW ‘AO’ AILMENTS

Decision “weeks away,” says VA secretary

VA Secretary David Shulkin will soon decide whether hundreds of thousands more Vietnam War veterans will be eligible for VA compensation and health care for new illnesses linked to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the war.

 
 

BURN PIT STUDY RELEASED

64,000 veterans join registry

A new study by the VA on burn pits provides little insight, but a big opportunity for health care experts.

 

 

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!

 

 

State Veterans Legislative Update 3 March 2017: SB 1248 Strike Everything Bill; ‘income tax subtraction: military retirement

SB 1248 is a Strike Everything (S/E) Bill that now includes the text of Senator Gail Griffin’s SB 1444 that failed to get a scheduled hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee last month after receiving a 4-3-0-0 vote in the Senate Finance Committee. SB1248 S/E: ‘income tax subtraction: military retirement’ will increase the income tax exemption for Military Retirees from the current $2,500 to $12,500 in 2019, to $25,000 in 2020 and to full exemption beginning in 2022. This will be an incentive for military retirees to choose Arizona as the place to retire and begin their new careers. The Governor has said that he wants Arizona to be the Friendliest State in the Nation to the Military. This bill is a good Start!  While this Bill addresses reducing and eventually eliminating state income tax for Military Retirees it will, in part, be replaced with sales tax for new cars and homes, property taxes on homes, and other entities that they will spend their retirement and new career earnings on.

SB 1248 S/E is scheduled for a hearing in House Hearing Room 3 on 6 March.

Please consider sending the draft message at the end of this Email to all Arizona State Representatives ASAP and encourage their support for SB 1248 S/E.

When you are ready to send your message, open a New Email as you would usually do to send a message. Then copy and paste the Draft Message below and paste it 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. Don’t include your address as that might tend to cause the Representative or his/her staff to delete your message before they read it  if you are not a constituent.

Then type  “ SB 1248: income tax exemption: military retirement  as the subject of your New Email

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

Then then hit SEND to send your Email

 

Arizona House of Representatives Email addresses with Semi-colons:

jallen@azleg.gov; lalston@azleg.gov; randrade@azleg.gov; bbarton@azleg.gov; wbenally@azleg.gov; iblanc@azleg.gov; rbolding@azleg.gov; rbowers@azleg.gov; pboyer@azleg.gov; kbutler@azleg.gov; ncampbell@azleg.gov; mcardenas@azleg.gov; hcarter@azleg.gov; cchavez@azleg.gov; kclark2@azleg.gov; tclodfelter@azleg.gov; rcobb@azleg.gov; dcoleman@azleg.gov; dcook@azleg.gov; edescheenie@azleg.gov; kengel@azleg.gov; mepstein@azleg.gov; despinoza@azleg.gov; efarnsworth@azleg.gov; cfernandez@azleg.gov; mfinchem@azleg.gov; rfriese@azleg.gov; rgabaldon@azleg.gov; sgonzales@azleg.gov; tgrantham@azleg.gov; dhernandez@azleg.gov; djohn@azleg.gov; akern@azleg.gov; jlawrence@azleg.gov; vleach@azleg.gov; dlivingston@azleg.gov; plovas@azleg.gov; rmartinez@azleg.gov; jmesnard@azleg.gov; dmitchell@azleg.gov; pmosley@azleg.gov; tnavarrete@azleg.gov; jnorgaard@azleg.gov; bnutt@azleg.gov; kpayne@azleg.gov; ppowershannley@azleg.gov; rrios@azleg.gov; trivero@azleg.gov; jrubalcava@azleg.gov; msaldate@azleg.gov; asalman@azleg.gov; dshooter@azleg.gov; tshope@azleg.gov; dstringer@azleg.gov; msyms@azleg.gov; bthorpe@azleg.gov; ktownsend@azleg.gov; mudall@azleg.gov; mugenti-rita@azleg.gov; jweninger@azleg.gov;

House of Representatives addresses with comas:

jallen@azleg.gov, lalston@azleg.gov, randrade@azleg.gov, bbarton@azleg.gov, wbenally@azleg.gov, iblanc@azleg.gov, rbolding@azleg.gov, rbowers@azleg.gov, pboyer@azleg.gov, kbutler@azleg.gov, ncampbell@azleg.gov, mcardenas@azleg.gov, hcarter@azleg.gov, cchavez@azleg.gov, kclark2@azleg.gov, tclodfelter@azleg.gov, rcobb@azleg.gov, dcoleman@azleg.gov, dcook@azleg.gov, edescheenie@azleg.gov, kengel@azleg.gov, mepstein@azleg.gov, despinoza@azleg.gov, efarnsworth@azleg.gov, cfernandez@azleg.gov, mfinchem@azleg.gov, rfriese@azleg.gov, rgabaldon@azleg.gov, sgonzales@azleg.gov, tgrantham@azleg.gov, dhernandez@azleg.gov, djohn@azleg.gov, akern@azleg.gov, jlawrence@azleg.gov, vleach@azleg.gov, dlivingston@azleg.gov, plovas@azleg.gov, rmartinez@azleg.gov, jmesnard@azleg.gov, dmitchell@azleg.gov, pmosley@azleg.gov, tnavarrete@azleg.gov, jnorgaard@azleg.gov, bnutt@azleg.gov, kpayne@azleg.gov, ppowershannley@azleg.gov, rrios@azleg.gov, trivero@azleg.gov, jrubalcava@azleg.gov, msaldate@azleg.gov, asalman@azleg.gov, dshooter@azleg.gov, tshope@azleg.gov, dstringer@azleg.gov, msyms@azleg.gov, bthorpe@azleg.gov, ktownsend@azleg.gov, mudall@azleg.gov, mugenti-rita@azleg.govjweninger@azleg.gov,

 

Arizona Senate Email addresses with Semi-colons:

SALLEN@azleg.gov; NBARTO@azleg.gov; SBORRELLI@azleg.gov; SBOWIE@azleg.gov; DBRADLEY@azleg.gov; KBROPHYMCGEE@azleg.gov; JBURGES@azleg.gov; OCAJEROBEDFORD@azleg.gov; LCONTRERAS@azleg.gov; ADALESSANDRO@azleg.gov; KFANN@azleg.gov; SFARLEY@azleg.gov; DFARNSWORTH@azleg.gov; GGRIFFIN@azleg.gov; KHOBBS@azleg.gov; JKAVANAGH@azleg.gov; DLESKO@azleg.gov; JMENDEZ@azleg.gov; RMEZA@azleg.gov; CMIRANDA@azleg.gov; SMONTENEGRO@azleg.gov; LOTONDO@azleg.gov; JPESHLAKAI@azleg.gov; WPETERSEN@azleg.gov; FPRATT@azleg.gov; MQUEZADA@azleg.gov; STSMITH@azleg.gov; BWORSLEY@azleg.gov; SYARBROUGH@azleg.gov; KYEE@azleg.gov

 

Senate Addresses With Commas:                                                                                                             

SALLEN@azleg.gov, NBARTO@azleg.gov, SBORRELLI@azleg.gov, SBOWIE@azleg.gov, DBRADLEY@azleg.gov, KBROPHYMCGEE@azleg.gov, JBURGES@azleg.gov, OCAJEROBEDFORD@azleg.gov, LCONTRERAS@azleg.gov, ADALESSANDRO@azleg.gov, KFANN@azleg.gov, SFARLEY@azleg.gov, DFARNSWORTH@azleg.gov, GGRIFFIN@azleg.gov, KHOBBS@azleg.gov, JKAVANAGH@azleg.gov, DLESKO@azleg.gov, JMENDEZ@azleg.gov, RMEZA@azleg.gov, CMIRANDA@azleg.gov, SMONTENEGRO@azleg.gov, LOTONDO@azleg.gov, JPESHLAKAI@azleg.gov, WPETERSEN@azleg.gov, FPRATT@azleg.gov, MQUEZADA@azleg.gov, STSMITH@azleg.gov, BWORSLEY@azleg.gov, SYARBROUGH@azleg.gov, KYEE@azleg.gov

                                               Draft Message

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Dear State Representative,

As an Arizona Veteran, I urge you to Co-Sponsor and/or support Senator Gail Griffin’s SB 1248 Strike Everything Bill that will be a major step in making Arizona the most Military Friendly State in the Nation!  It will increase  the income tax exemption for Military retirees over the years and eventually eliminate all Military Retirement pay from taxation by the State of Arizona. This proposal will draw middle-aged Military Retirees to Arizona. These retirees have proven records, have diverse skills, are well-educated, and will be a huge asset to Arizona if we can incentivize them to make this their home. Please join Senator Griffin in supporting and urging your colleagues to support SB 1248 S/E Bill ‘income tax subtraction: military retirement’.

Respectfully,

 

Legislative Update 24 February 2017: Budget Challenges Front and Center for New Administration

 

  We have two Action Items today at the 3rd issue and at the end of the 4th issue below

                                                                       Issues 

                  Click on the underlined titles below: 

 

BUDGET CHALLENGES FRONT AND CENTER FOR NEW ADMINISTRATION

Pressure mounts for a budget, even if it’s skinny

President Donald Trump indicated he will produce an outline of his budget in mid-March with a full budget possible in May. Can he deliver?

 
 

FINAL REPORT ON ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

Decision time is upon us

After months of analysis, a report concludes Arlington National Cemetery will need to change eligibility restrictions to keep its doors open.

 
 

WOUNDED, ILL AND INJURED NEED SUPPORT

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.

 
 

HOW SEQUESTRATION AFFECTS MILITARY FAMILIES

Child care programs affected by federal hiring freeze

As the government responds to the looming threat of sequestration, how will military families be affected? We just got a look at what could happen.

 
 

WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED

TRICARE Pharmacy feedback

A wide range of commentary provides valuable information about what is working and what needs attention.

 

 

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!