NEW YORK STATE — The New York State Legislature is looking for a new way to help volunteer first responders pay their bills.
The plan? Give volunteer EMTs and firefighters state income tax exemptions.
Supporters of the plan say volunteers save the state $3.8 billion every year and tax incentives might be a good way to attract more young people into these kinds of roles.
“These volunteer organizations rely on volunteerism and in Upstate New York, they are struggling to cover all of their shifts and make sure they have staff when they need them,” said Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-102nd District.
To qualify for the tax breaks, first responders would have to show one year of complete service, finish all training and show up for more than 55% of calls in a year.