FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 5, 2019
Joshua Fleitman: (Office) 202-724-8191, (Mobile) 202-294-2506, firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Todd Introduces Legislation To Improve
Affordability & Livability For Veterans In District Of Columbia
Retirement Income Tax Exemption & Short-Term Parking Permits
For Disabled Servicemembers Honor The Sacrifice Of DC Veterans
Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced two bills that aim to improve affordability and livability for District veterans while honoring their serve and sacrifice.
The Veteran Retirement Income Tax Exclusion Amendment Act of 2019 would exempt retirement income for members of the Uniformed Services from DC personal income tax. 22 states currently classify military retirement income as tax exempt. Over a dozen residents of Ward 4’s Knollwood Military Retirement Community attended the legislative meeting in support of the bill. The legislation was co-introduced by Councilmembers Grosso, R. White and Cheh, and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Evans, Allen, and Bonds.
“This legislation not only further honors the sacrifices of retired members of the uniformed services, but also makes the District a more attractive destination for retired servicemembers,” said Councilmember Todd. “This bill can also serve as an economic engine by attracting active duty military seeking to retire and work in civilian business, and by attracting civilian businesses seeking highly-trained employees.”
“Knollwood is home to more than 300 retired officers and spouses who have served our nation for a lifetime, many in times of war,” said Col. Paul Bricker (Ret.), COO of Knollwood Military Retirement Community in Ward 4. “We are proud to support the DC Council as they take this monumental step to make retired military pay exempt from DC income tax and assist in making Washington a retirement destination of choice. This gesture is another small way we can express our thanks for their sacrifices.”
Councilmember Todd also introduced the District Wounded Warrior Parking Permit Act of 2019, which would create a parking permit for disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients that provides free short-term parking at all District-owned and operated lots, garages, meters, and pay stations. Eligible recipients would apply for a unique placard issued by the District Department of Transportation, with renewal required after three years. States such as Oregon, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and New Jersey have passed similar legislation. The bill was co-introduced by Councilmembers Nadeau, Silverman, Grosso, Bonds and R. White, and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Cheh, Allen, Gray, T. White.
“This bill is designed to remove roadblocks and help veterans access their personal and medical appointments with more ease and comfort,” said Councilmember Todd. “As parking becomes increasingly challenging and costly in the District, we must take steps to ensure that those who sustained injuries in service to our nation are accommodated and supported.”
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