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March 12, 2019
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GUILLEN FIGHTS TO PROVIDE VEHICLE TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR ACTIVE DUTY FAMILIES
AUSTIN - As an author of numerous legislative measures, including HB 947 and HB 1726, State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is working to provide active duty members and their spouses exemptions from motor vehicle taxes.
"Our active duty servicemen and women are putting their own lives on the line for our country," said Guillen. "But their pay remains stagnant, often falling below the federal poverty line."
An enlisted member with a pay grade of E-4 makes $2,194.44 a month, which puts him and his family under the poverty line for a family of four. This, combined with the widespread unemployment rates of their spouses due, in part, to frequent relocation, has placed a tremendous amount of financial burden on military families. HB 947 and 1726 both seek to exempt active duty servicemen, women, and their spouses from motor vehicle taxes in an effort to alleviate some of their financial burden.
"Our brave men and women sacrifice so much to serve and protect the freedoms that we all enjoy, and the state has an obligation to ensure that their families' needs are being provided for," concluded Guillen.
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen