January 15, 2018
House Ways and Means Committee
Maryland General Assembly
Delegate Anne Kaiser, Chair
Re: HB-7 - Income Tax Credit – Venison Donation – Feed the Hungry Organizations - SUPPORT
Dear Chairwoman Kaiser and Members of the Committee:
The Maryland Horse Council (MHC) is a membership-based, umbrella trade association of the entire horse industry in Maryland. Our membership includes over 40 breed, interest and discipline associations, plus horse farms and stables, horse-related businesses, and horse owners representing all facets of the Maryland equestrian community, from the owners of race horses to the owners of trail horses or just beloved retired companion horses. As such, we represent over 30,000 Marylanders.
MHC has many members who are hunters. We also have many members who are landowners who suffer crop and landscape damage from deer.
The Maryland Food Bank and Maryland Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry are both excellent programs that do important and worthwhile work on behalf of Maryland’s needy residents. Many hunters already donate harvested deer to these programs. MHC believes that the tax credit proposed in HB 7 will help to incentivize additional participation, by helping to defray expenses of processing the donated meat. We especially support the provisions specifying that the tax credit applies only to antlerless deer, and that the $200 cap on the use of the tax credit will not apply to deer harvested under a Deer Management Permit.
Therefore, MHC supports HB-7 - Income Tax Credit – Venison Donation – Feed the Hungry Organizations, and urges the Committee to give it a favorable report.