Pa. bill would reward volunteer firefighters

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Two state senators have reintroduced legislation to help Pennsylvania municipalities recruit emergency responders.

Senate Bill 299 would allow communities to waive the local earned income tax or offer tax credits for volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

Sens. Lisa Baker (R-Pike/Wayne) and Sean Wiley (D-Erie) said municipalities would have the power to set the amount of the tax credit and the guidelines, including how many calls a volunteer must answer to qualify.

They expect the bill to be part of a larger package of incentives to fill the declining numbers of Pennsylvania’s volunteers.

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