Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) today stood with his Assembly minority colleagues to announce a new plan – Patriot Plan IV – to extend additional benefits to New York’s servicemen and women that would build on the three previous installments of the state’s Patriot Plan.
Over the last three legislative sessions, Assembly minority-authored Patriot Plan bills passed the Legislature and were signed into law by Gov. George Pataki. Patriot Plan IV consists of proposals left out of previously enacted legislation. Like Patriot Plans I, II and III, the new measure is designed to provide tax relief and other benefits to military personnel serving our state and nation.
“I am pushing for this legislation because it’s the right thing to do for our soldiers in the field and veterans here at home,” said Kolb. “Serving in the armed forces is one of the noblest of calls to answer and, as legislators, this is our humble way of saying ‘thank you’ to New York’s servicemen and women.”
Kolb noted the plan would help employers of active-duty personnel serving overseas, as well as assist military members with wage tax credits and unemployment insurance waivers. The plan also provides exemptions for military pay subject to the state income tax and expands on the federal home loan guarantee for veterans.
Patriot Plan IV consists of the following:
The Patriot Family Support Fund – Allows an individual or business filing a New York state income tax form to make a donation to a “Patriot Family Support Fund.”
Home Loan Guarantee – Expands the federal home loan guarantee for Veterans Affairs-qualified state National Guard and Reserve veterans to provide a state tax credit or deduction for the extra three-quarters of a percent difference in funding fee charges between VA active-duty veterans and eligible Guard and Reserve veterans.
Exemption for Military Pay Subject to State Income Tax – Provides military income exemptions for active duty pay for soldiers whose homes were in New York state before entering the military.
New York State Veterans Land Program – State veterans may apply for low-interest loans of up to $40,000 to purchase property, provided they buy a building code-approved lot.
Military Medics and NYS EMT Qualifications – Automatically grants certification as an EMT in New York State for military personnel who completed comparable military medical training courses for the Army, Navy or Air Force.
New York State Veterans Home Improvement Program – Allows veterans to apply for low-interest loans to make substantial repairs and improvements to their primary residences.
“I am extremely pleased that Patriot Plans I, II and III are helping the servicemen and women living in New York state, and I believe that when Patriot Plan IV passes, it will also yield many positive benefits to our military personnel,” concluded Kolb.