Senate Bill 1007 to Provide State Tax Exemptions for Military Retirement Pay
Earlier this month, I joined representatives from the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), American Legion Post 310, and active duty and military veterans, to announce the introduction of a new bill, SB 1007, in the State Senate that would provide a tax exemption for military retirement pay for military retirees within the State of California.
The State of California is one of only nine states that does not offer a partial or complete exemption of taxes from military retirement pay. What kind of message does this send to our military retirees, who have put their lives on the line to keep us safe? Evidently not a welcoming one, as we are losing military veterans to other states at an alarming rate. Between 2000 and 2016, about 800,000 California military veterans left the state. Many veterans and discharging service members choose to move to other states based on concerns about our state's cost of living or because they are attracted to incentives provided by other states for veterans.
This bill would provide California military retirees with a well-deserved and sizeable tax exemption to help them readjust to civilian life, while also benefiting California by providing an environment in which our service members are allowed to retire comfortably and remain in the state.
Economic Roundtable on San Diego's Promise Zones and Opportunity Zones
This month, I joined community and economic development leaders, and regional organizations for a roundtable event aimed at advancing the economic development of disadvantaged communities in our state, including areas of San Diego. The event centered on the Promise Zones and Opportunity Zones programs and offered participants the opportunity to engage in valuable conversations regarding the best possible practices to attract place-based investments to our region. The goal of the event was to outline some of the various resources available for local jurisdictions to maximize the use of place-based incentives in the area, as well as improve the working relationship these agencies have with the localities they are trying to reach.
The California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, U.S. Department of Human and Urban Development, City of San Diego Economic Development Department and the California Strategic Growth Council helped lead this roundtable with presentations informing attendees on each agency's work within Opportunity and Promise Zones and disadvantaged communities.
We have a lot of work to do, and I believe meetings like this can make a difference by bringing awareness and by helping build the working relationships local stakeholders need to improve the quality of life of our most economically disadvantaged residents in San Diego. Fully tapping into these designated zones will only be possible through the thoughtful coordination of all levels of government, community-based organizations, and private capital. We need to continue strengthening these relationships so that we can find solutions locally, in California, and throughout the country.
Census 2020 Update
REMINDER - the 2020 Census is quickly approaching! Just 2 weeks until March 12 when postcards drop in the mail and less than 5 weeks until Census day on April 1, 2020!
Every 10 years the federal government is required to count everyone living in the US. The information is completely confidential, and is used to make important funding decisions for roads, education, and public safety in our community. No matter your age or where you live, EVERYONE counts. Immigration status, age, or criminal history DO NOT matter. Every single person living in the United States on April 1, 2020 should be counted.
You can begin responding to the survey in late March 2020 either online or in paper form. If you do not respond by May 2020, Census Bureau employees will come to your home directly to follow-up. By law, information you give on the census form is confidential; the Census Bureau cannot share household or individual data with anyone, including law enforcement or other government agencies.