Salka supports exemption for volunteer firefighter and EMS personnel

Assemblyman John Salka

Assemblyman John Salka (R,C,Ref-Brookfield) stood with Assemblyman Chris Tague (R,C,I,Ref-Schoharie)  and several of his peers in the Assembly Republican Conference to introduce legislation this afternoon that would give a full state income tax exemption to volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel (A7655).

Being 100% reliant on volunteers, many institutions are forced to shut their doors and be folded into other companies, such as the recent ambulance service closing in Fulton County. The legislation addresses this by incentivizing volunteers with exemption status from state income tax, which would increase recruitment rates and retention rates of volunteers. This action, instead of establishing fully-paid services, would save the state over $3.8 billion annually.

“I wholeheartedly support giving back to our volunteer firefighters and EMS,” Salka said. “They sacrifice so much so we can have the peace of mind that when we dial 911 someone will be there to assist us. This tax exemption is a perfect way to give back to them for their efforts and ensure that these institutions continue into the future.”

To be eligible, a volunteer must be in good standing with their respective organizations, have completed a minimum of one year of service, have fully completed all state mandated training courses, be certified by the chief emergency service coordinator of their county and have attended at least 55 percent of annual calls.

Assemblyman John Salka represents the 121st Assembly District, encompasses all of Madison County and portions of Oneida and Otsego counties.

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