Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan plans to voice his support Tuesday for eliminating the state income tax on pensions of law enforcement officers.
Hogan, an Anne Arundel County businessman, will make the announcement during an appearance before the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, according to aides. Both Hogan and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the Democratic nominee, are scheduled to address the group’s conference in Solomons Island on Tuesday with the aim of winning its endorsement in the November election.
“You deserve these tax breaks,” Hogan says in prepared remarks to the group. “You earned them. It’s not just good economic policy for the state, it’s the right thing to do.”
A similar plan was introduced during this year’s session of the General Assembly by Del. Shelia E. Hixson (D-Montgomery), chairwoman of the House Ways and Means Committee, but it went nowhere. Hixson’s bill would have excluded retirement income from taxation for those at least 50 years old who were former law enforcement officers or fire, rescue or emergency services personnel. Legislative analysts estimated the “hometown heroes” bill would cost the state about $10 million a year in revenue.
Hogan has said he would like to roll back as many taxes as possible if elected governor. Last month, he called for eliminating taxation of the retirement income of military veterans. Brown, an Army veteran, supports a version of that measure as well.