HARRISBURG – Rep. Joe Hogan (R-Bucks) this month introduced legislation that would create a tax credit for firefighters and EMS personnel, to help recruit and retain their services in Pennsylvania.
“The pandemic, with its resulting shutdowns and civil unrest has had a disastrous impact on recruitment, as communities that rely on volunteers to fill these needs have experienced an unprecedented drop in recruitment,” Hogan said. “We should do anything we can to promote more recruitment into these professions, so our communities are able to keep their citizens safe.”
House Bill 1557
will give a $2,500 tax credit per year over three years to fire and EMS personnel who currently serve in Pennsylvania and those who move to our state to take up these positions.
“I am now proposing we provide the same tax relief to firefighters and emergency medical service personnel that we recently gave to teachers, police officers and nurses,” Hogan said, “Both provide lifesaving services and are critical to the standard of living that each Pennsylvanian should expect. Firefighters and EMS personnel are some of the most crucial workers in the Commonwealth, and we should do whatever we can to keep them in the state.”
House Bill 1557 now heads to the House Finance Committee for deliberation.
Representative Joe Hogan
142nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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