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California bill would exempt military retirement pay from state income tax

Posted at 7:46 PM, Feb 18, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Republican California State Senator Brian Jones is behind a new bill that, if passed, would change the way military retirement pay is taxed.

The bill, titled SB 1071, would exempt military retirement pay from the state’s income tax.

According to Jones, California is one of only seven states that fully taxes military retirement pay. Other states include Montana, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

"Our state should be encouraging military retirees to make California their home rather than driving them to other states," Jones said.

"The men and women who served our country earned every dollar of their retirement pay and states should not be trying to tax it. This measure is the right thing to do and will help keep veterans and their families in California."

Jones coauthored the bill with Senators Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) and Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel).

The bill comes as Jones makes a bid for the 50th Congressional District.

This article was written by Zac Self for KGTV .