(CG) FIRST —- FROM THE TARGET 12 INVESTIGATORS — FRUSTRATED, DISABLED VETERANS.
(MM) ONCE AGAIN—A BILL TO GIVE A GROUP OF—- LOW- INCOME RHODE ISLANDERS—- A PROPERTY TAX BREAK STALLS IN THE HOUSE.
AND WE WANTED TO KNOW WHY.
TARGET 12 INVESTIGATOR, WALT BUTEAU, JOINS US NOW WITH THE DETAILS The veteran behind this bill tells us there are many disabled vets out there, making less than a thousand a month, who are not elible for the tax break—who often have two to 300 hundred dollars left— after paying rent.
Coast Guard veteran David Silvia has been wheelchair bound for about 20 years.
And for the past 5 he's been fighting for a bill that would expand a 350 dollar property tax credit for disabled veterans, who make less than 30 thousand dollars a year.
The state senate passed it, four out of the last five years, but the measure has yet to make it out of the house finance committe.
————- And I'm going to fight the good fight until I'm not breathing.
————- It's a shame.
It's a shame what this state is doing to people and the taxpayers and the people who live here.
That's what I'm angry about.
————— Rhode Islanders making less than 30 thousand a year.
Who recieve Social Security Disability benefits are elibible for the credit.
The proposed change in the law would add veterans who recieve VA disability benefits to the program.
Sponsor Jason Knight tells us the delay in moving the bill forward involves figuring out the potential cost.
————– It involves extracting data out of multiple, complex benefit schemss and some of that data, I suspect has not been traditionally collected ————— My suspciion is that it's not a large number Silvia was especially irked this session after the Target 12 Investigators revealed house Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and other House Democratic Leaders initially earmarked $1 million to Cranston chiropractor Victor Pedro to fund an unsanctioned procedure — Cortical Integrative Therapy — that has been rejected by both state and federal health officials.
Pedro's Cranston practice has received nearly $2 million from the state over the past 15 years The day after the Target 12 report aired, Mattiello pulled the million dollars in funding, saying the issue had become too politicial.
————- A million dollars that just got snuck away and yet I'm over here fighting for credit for a disabled veteran.
It doesn't make sense.
According to the division of taxation, the property tax program cost the state about 4 million dollars during the 2018 tax year.
With the Target 12 Investigators, Walt Buteau, EWN.