MTA President Sgt. Brian Blubaugh with Senator Jack Bailey, SLEOLA President Jim Dulay, and PJ Hogan of Cornerstone Government Affairs before the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee

Sgt. Brian Blubaugh, MTA President, testified on February 5, 2020 in support of SB303 before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. This bill adds language that will allow active MSP Troopers, who work outside of the County where they live, to be eligible for a property tax credit for their residence. On February 11, 2020, President Blubaugh testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the companion HB420.

MTA President Sgt. Brian Blubaugh with Delegate M. Jackson and SLEOLA President Jim Dulay

On February 11, 2020 Sgt. Brian Blubaugh, MTA President, testified in favor of HB588, which seeks to discontinue member contributions to the retirement system once an active Trooper reaches 28 years of service. Current law requires an active State Trooper to contribute 8% of his or her base pay to the State Police retirement system. After 28 years, the maximum retirement benefit would be 71.4% of the Trooper’s Average Final Compensation. Currently, if the Trooper continues his or her service with the MSP, they would continue to contribute 8% of their base pay without any increased benefit. This legislation would stop the 8% contribution if the Trooper continues service after 28 years.