Winooski, VT — Democratic Candidate for Governor and James Ehlers vowed to work to exempt military pensions from state income tax today. He said:
“Our veterans are willing to sacrifice their lives in service, but when they return home they often face severe struggles. Vermont must join the growing number of states who exempt military pensions from state income tax. This is not just the right thing to do for our veterans but will also help us attract military retirees who continue for a long time in the workforce. Vermont is now one of just eight states that fully tax military retirement pay.
“Governor Scott has paid lip service to exempting military pensions from state income tax. In a recent email he wrote that ‘Unfortunately, the legislature would not fund’ the program. Yet, while the governor can continue to try to blame the legislature, he has made his priorities abundantly clear. If he would rather offer one-time tax payments for the most affluent and no-strings-attached corporate payments than exempting military pensions, the program will never get implemented. As governor, I will make my priorities crystal clear: ordinary Vermonters and the planet, not corporations and the most affluent. By having our priorities in order, we can afford to join the majority of states in exempting military pensions from state income tax. And we will.”