Senate considers tax breaks for Pa. volunteers
The Fulton County News
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Senate will take action on legislation which would provide tax credits to Pennsylvania's emergency first responders and their employers in order to help volunteer fire companies and emergency medical service companies recruit and retain members.
The package of bills would provide nearly $23 million in tax credits and tuition reimbursements by fiscal year 2009-10 for fire and emergency medical services volunteers and employers.
"Volunteers miss time with their families, experience significant out-of-pocket expenses, and most importantly, risk their lives to keep our communities safe," said Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. "We need to do everything we can to support them."