Pa. House OKs tax cuts for volunteer first responders
By The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, 12:49 p.m.
HARRISBURG -- Volunteer firefighters and other first-responders could be rewarded with special tax breaks under bill approved by the state House of Representatives.
The House approved the measure 195-to-0 on Tuesday.
If approved by the Senate, the legislation would authorize local governments to provide credits on earned-income and property taxes for volunteers serving as firefighters, emergency medical workers and other first responders.
The bill's main sponsor, Rep. John Hornaman, says the tax breaks would help reverse a downward trend in the number of volunteers who many Pennsylvanians rely on for prompt assistance in fires and other emergencies.
The Erie County Democrat says volunteers provide $6 billion worth of services statewide.
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