Let’s honor and help our veterans

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May is National Military Appreciation Month, and includes several national observances honoring our veterans and their families. These include Victory in Europe Day May 8, Military Spouse Appreciation Day May 10, Armed Forces Day May 18 and Memorial Day May 27. But supporting our veterans involves more than holidays or national commemorations. This session I have joined with Assemblyman William Brough, R-Dana Point, to co-author Assembly Bill 427. The bill would exclude military retirement pay from the state’s income tax. Twenty states do not tax military benefits at all, and 13 states only tax a portion. States excluding military retirement pay from the income tax include Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In fact, California is one of on
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