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July 31, 2007
Governor Kulongoski signs into law tax incentive package benefiting Oregon National Guard soldiers
 
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski, and Brigadier General Mike J. Caldwell, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, were joined by members of the Oregon National Guard and other veteran organizations to sign House Bill 3201, a comprehensive tax incentive package aimed at providing better health care for Oregon Guardsmen and their families and offering tax breaks to employees of the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program.

"We have a responsibility to our service men and women to ensure they have access to the health care they deserve, which is one of the goals of this bill," Kulongoski said.

HB 3201 offers a tax credit of $2,500 the first year a doctor expands their TRICARE patient load and a $1,000 credit each year thereafter. Medical care providers in urban areas must maintain ten TRICARE patients to qualify; providers in rural areas must demonstrate good faith as determined by the Office of Rural Health.

HB 3201 also offers tax incentives to employees of the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program, a boot camp-style alternative high school aimed at helping troubled youth. The bill increases the credit for active duty compensation to $6,000 and includes income earned by employees of the Oregon Military Department for duties performed by the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge program.

"Eighty-two percent of graduates of the Oregon Youth Challenge Program are still successful five years after graduating from the program," Caldwell said. "Today is a great day for our state," he added.

Photo:

070731-F-1639C-026.JPG: Oregon Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski signs House Bill 3201 into law July 31, 2007 at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore. The new law will make available a wide range of tax incentives, including assistance for Oregon doctors who provide medical care for veterans and their families, and tax credits for employees of the Oregon Youth Challenge Program, a boot-camp style alternative high school program administrated by the Oregon National Guard in central Oregon. (Oregon Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office)

070731-F-1639C-020.JPG: Oregon National Guard Brigadier General Michael J. Caldwell, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, explains how House Bill 3201 positively impacts Oregon National Guardsmen and their families, during a signing ceremony July 31, 2007 at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore. In addition to a wide range of tax incentives, the bill includes assistance for Oregon doctors who provide medical care for veterans and their families, and tax credits for employees of the Oregon Youth Challenge Program, a boot-camp style alternative high school program administrated by the Oregon National Guard in central Oregon. (Oregon Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office)
 
 
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Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office
503-584-3917