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Bill would allow tax credits for volunteer firefighters

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 26, 2015 12:53 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania could get a break on their taxes under a proposal in the state Senate.

Republican Lisa Baker is offering the legislation, which gives municipalities the option of offering a tax credit.

The Luzerne County senator says with declining numbers of volunteer firefighters, her measure could help make a difference.

"This is one incentive that has been brought to our attention that many believe would be a positive incentive to offer to our volunteers. And so it's a local option," she says.

About 90 percent of Pennsylvania's fire departments are volunteer.

Baker says she'll continue to look for solutions to reverse the decline in volunteers firefighters.

Her bill is now sitting in a Senate committee.

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  • Larry img 2015-02-26 19:59

    Throw a few crumbs on the table that they can not do anything with, rather than pay them a union wage that would help both their families and the economy.

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