House Approves Mako Bill to Make Military Family Relief Program Check-Off Permanent
7/8/2017
HARRISBURG – The House today passed legislation authored by Rep. Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton) to extend the Military Family Relief Program check-off box on state tax forms permanently.

“Just a few days ago, we celebrated Independence Day and the freedoms we hold so dear,” said Mako, also a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in the Pennsylvania National Guard. “But we must never forget freedom is not free. Without the brave members of our military willing to serve, the United States would be a very different place. This important program we are permanently extending is a small way to help those deployed and their family members in their time of need. I hope the Senate will act quickly on this legislation.”

House Bill 984 would make the tax check-off permanent. The Military Family Relief Program provides financial assistance to armed forces personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserves. Assistance available under the program is offered during active duty status. The program is funded by the tax check-off and was first initiated in 2005. It has been extended three times since then. Currently, the program is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2018.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The 183rd District includes South Whitehall (part), Washington and Whitehall (part) townships and Slatington Borough in Lehigh County. It also consists of Allen, Lehigh and Moore (part) townships, and North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport boroughs in Northampton County.

Representative Zachary Mako
183rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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