Monday, April 8, 2019 - 03:00 pm

Gov. Doug Burgum today signed legislation that exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax, one of several proposals included in his executive budget recommendation designed to address the state’s workforce shortage.

House Bill 1053 exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax for retired military personnel and surviving spouses of retired military personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve, effective with the 2019 tax year.

“This legislation promotes workforce participation by military personnel in North Dakota after retirement, improves our state’s competitiveness for federal military investments and, most importantly, honors the courageous service of our military servicemen and women,” Burgum said.

The bipartisan bill was introduced by Rep. Steve Vetter and co-sponsored by Reps. Jim Kasper, Craig Johnson, Mary Schneider, Matt Eidson, Thomas Beadle, Jake Blum, Dan Johnston and Austen Schauer and Sens. Scott Meyer, Ron Sorvaag and Randy Burckhard.