I am proud to co-sponsor Senate Bill 292, a bill that would allow volunteer emergency medical technicians to be defined as public safety officers, so that they could be considered eligible for a property tax credit that is current state law.

I know that we take great pride in our emergency response workers in District 6, so when Senator Bailey (District 29, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties) asked me to consider cosponsoring his bill, it was a done deal. These are dedicated professionals who make sure that our community is taken care of, and our state should take pride in allowing these people to be financially secure. This property tax credit will make that goal feasible for our community helpers.

This legislation also works to make our state more tax-friendly to its residents. Because of its high cost of living, Maryland is oftentimes seen as less favorable than our neighboring states when it comes to tax rates, and can lose out when it’s time for people who are thinking about relocation. This bill is one small step towards building a more financially reasonable state, while also taking care of the people who are so committed to serving our community.

-Sen. Johnny Ray Salling (R-6)

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