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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 1, 2019 05:14 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Office of the State Fire Commissioner Tax Return Donations
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that will allow Pennsylvanians to donate all or a portion of their annual Pennsylvania individual income tax return to the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, for use in supporting the grant programs administered by that office.

Currently, taxpayers have the option to donate all or a portion of their return to a number of worthy causes, including the Wild Resources Conservation Fund, the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Fund. The Office of the State Fire Commissioner should be added to this list, especially given the crisis Pennsylvania faces in the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.

Any additional funding for the Office of the State Fire Commissioner grant programs will go a long way in supporting our fire companies, EMS organizations, and volunteer rescue squads. These grants could be used for such necessities as the purchase or repair of equipment, training and certification of their members, or the construction, renovation, or repair of their facilities.

I hope you will join me in supporting this piece of legislation to help our firefighters, EMS personnel, and volunteer rescue squads. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions.

Introduced as SB794