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Maryland governor backing veteran pension tax exemption

ANNAPOLIS, Md.  — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he will again push to exempt pension income for military veterans from state income tax.

Hogan said Thursday he’ll likely be proposing more tax cuts for next year’s legislative session.

“Not only is it a deserved benefit for our nation’s heroes, but will also help make Maryland more competitive with other states in our region which already offer this benefit,” Hogan said.

“Being from the Hagerstown area, I can name a dozen folks who have retired and moved to Pennsylvania,” said Chair of the Maryland Veterans Commission Fred Shinbur.

Removing the tax on military pensions would allow veterans to retired in state, as many choose to live across state lines and commute in to see their families or work in civilian jobs.

“People retire at Fort Dietrich, move right up to Waynesboro, Pennsylvania so they have a 15 mile commute and they have no taxes on their military income,” Shinbur said.

Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia all offer total or partial tax breaks for military veteran pensions.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure our veterans can live, work, raise a family and retire right here in Maryland,” Hogan said.

WTOP’s Megan Cloherty contributed to this story.

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