Dear Maryland: A Letter from a Military Spouse and Her Family


Dear Maryland,

My name is Jennifer Pilcher, small business owner, and proud Navy spouse of CDR Eddie Pilcher.  We live in Maryland, my company, Strategic Military Communications, LLC, is a registered entity in Maryland, and our two children, Katie and Griffin, attend Maryland schools.

We love Maryland.

A military spouse's letter to Maryland.

My husband is about to hit the 20-year mark in his Navy career and we are in the middle of making some tough decisions regarding our future. A large part of that is deciding where we will eventually retire and settle.  At the top of our list is Maryland.

A tax on military retirement is the reason we would leave the state.

On Tuesday, March 15th, you have the power to keep our family here and thousands of other families just like us. Not only do we want to retire in Maryland, but we want to keep our business here, be employed here, raise our children here, and positively contribute to the community.

Maryland State Senate Bill 660, which is currently being debated now, would exempt 100% of retired military pay from the Maryland state income tax. It has bi-partisan support as well as support from Gov. Hogan. If you do not already support the bill, I strongly encourage you to vote for Maryland Senate Bill 660.

As founder and president of MilitaryOneClick.com, the #1 resource website for military and veteran families that reaches millions of people a month worldwide across multiple platforms. MilitaryOneClick.com was born in Maryland in 2011 and has employed many military spouses and veterans from the state of Maryland over the past 5 years.  We continue to have our headquarters located in Maryland and now hire military spouses and veterans from around the world.

On Monday March 14, MilitaryOneClick is honored to partner with Starbucks to host a Veterans’ Fireside Chat at the Annapolis Harbour Center Starbucks Store from 6-8 PM.  We invite all Maryland veterans and military families who are concerned about this issue, as well as other pressing veteran issues, to join our discussion.  We also invite representatives who want to hear directly from an engaged community of Maryland veterans.

A military spouse's letter to Maryland.

For many of us, this is not just business, it’s personal. I encourage you to vote for Maryland Senate Bill 660 on Tuesday, March 15th.

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer G. Pilcher, MA CCC-SLP

 

For more information on the hearing:

Maryland Senate Bill 660 exempts 100 percent of your retired military pay from Maryland State income tax. Governor Hogan supports this bill and its co-sponsors show that it has support from Democrats and Republicans.

It is imperative that there is a huge turnout at the hearing of this bill on Tuesday, March 15 at 2:30 PM. PLEASE COME TO THIS HEARING. BRING YOUR SPOUSE AND FRIENDS. Overflow the hearing room. This is the closest we have come in the last 12 years to finally get all military retired pay exempt from Maryland tax.

BUDGET AND TAXATION COMMITTEE
Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer, Chair
Senator Richard S. Madaleno, Jr., Vice Chair

3 West Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
(410-841-3690 | 301-858-3690 )

Anyone wishing to testify on any bill must sign-up using the electronic witness register 30 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the bill hearings.

Electronic sign-up will be open at NOON on the day prior to the scheduled bill hearings. If you have written testimony, please submit 30 copies to the committee staff for distribution by 11:00 a.m. the day of the bill hearing.  The order that bills are listed on the schedule generally is not the order in which they will be heard. Anyone wishing to testify at budget hearings should contact the appropriate committee staff for information.  Limited public testimony may be accepted

 

For more information on the Starbucks’ Veteran Fireside Chat, click here.

One Comment

  1. Jennifer,

    Looks like you and MOC are doing well. Haven’t heard yet if bill 660 was passed, but you did a great thing in boosting it. Glad to see you are doing well.

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