Bevin proposes veteran tax benefit in campaign stop


Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin addresses abortion as a campaign issue during a news conference on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Frankfort, Ky. Bevin criticized his Democratic challenger, Andy Beshear, and a federal judge who struck down an abortion law. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WEHT/AP) — Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says the state should not be taxing the retirement income of its military veterans.

The governor says the proposal will be part of a broader bill that he’ll push to revamp Kentucky’s overall tax system if he wins re-election.

Bevin made the comments Tuesday at a Louisville-area park, where he received support from a coalition of military veterans.

Bevin is in a close race with Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear in next month’s election.

Bevin, a former Army officer, says removing state taxes on veterans’ retirement income would cost the state a “modest” amount of revenue that’s not comparable to the sacrifice veterans made.

Bevin didn’t offer any other details about his tax plan.

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(This story was originally published on October 1, 2019)

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