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Our annual MEIR report would not be possible without the rigorous work of MBA students at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management and our generous corporate sponsors.

 

SDMAC 2022 Military Economic Impact Report (MEIR)

SDMAC’s annual Military Economic Impact Report (MEIR) highlights the positive impact of federal defense budgets, veteran benefits, and community involvement by our local military, veterans, and their families on our local economy. Through the partnership formed at the start of 2020, the 2022 MEIR report is a product of the rigorous work of MBA students at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management. Leveraging insights from the frontier of academic research, the team’s data analysts applied tools to calculate the impact of military dollars on the San Diego region.

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Military Retiree Pay Study

California currently is one of only nine states that fully tax the pay of its 146,000 military retirees. Many factors affect the decision of members of the Armed Forces regarding where they will live after retirement. Climate, housing costs, where they have been based, and employment opportunities are important. Whether or not a state taxes their military pension benefits is also a factor. Between 2000 and 2016, the nation’s population of military retirees increased by 17%. California, which was one of only five states that saw a reduction in the number of its military retirees, saw a decline of 17%.

This 2018 study analyzed what the impact would be of fully exempting retired military pay from taxes.

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Military Spouse Employment Report

SDMAC is a proud founding member of the California Defense Community Alliance, which created the 2021 Military Spouse Employment Report for California. This report highlights the issues that military spouses face in the state of California.

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NAVWAR Economic Impact Report

This 2019 report provides an analysis of the impact that NAVWAR has on military investment in the San Diego region.

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NAVWAR Economic Impact Report: An Analysis of the Impact of Military Investment in San Diego Region

NAVWAR’s economic impact in San Diego.

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