District 9 state Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, introduced his first bill in the 88th legislative session on Monday, Jan. 14. Senate File (SF) 32 is a bill to exempt military pension recipients from income taxes.
This bill would be a great help to military veterans and was expected to be heard this week in the Senate Tax Reform Division, a committee on which Gazelka serves.
SF 32 has gained bipartisan support and is expected to reach the Senate floor for a full vote.
“Military service members are a distinct asset to our community and deserving of this legislation,” Gazelka said. “The time has come to move this legislation forward on behalf of retired veterans across Minnesota. It is a good bill, it helps our veterans and it will help to keep Minnesota’s economy competitive by attracting more retirees move in or stay in Minnesota.”
With the passage of this legislation Minnesota could join 31 other states offering tax exemptions for all or part of residents’ military retired pay from state income taxes.
“Our military is an all-volunteer force. If we wish to maintain this volunteer force we must care for those Americans who choose to sacrifice and risk their lives to protect what we hold dear. We cannot take these treasured Americans for granted,” said Gazelka.
District 9B state Rep. Ron Kresha is expected to introduce the House version of Senate File 32 within the week.