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PA Senator Proposes Tax Holiday for Emergency Preparedness

June 21, 2017
FROM:     Don Konkle, Executive Director, PFESI
RE:         PA Senator Proposes Tax Holiday for Emergency Preparedness

As an incentive to encourage Pennsylvanians to be prepared for disasters, Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) has introduced Senate Bill 765, legislation establishing a sales tax "holiday" for the purchase of emergency preparedness equipment.

"We are indeed fortunate to live in Pennsylvania. We don't have to deal with sustained periods of extreme temperatures or worry that an earthquake will shatter our homes and lives," said Senator Vulakovich. "However, that doesn't mean that we don't have to be prepared for surprises from Mother Nature. In some ways, the fact that we rarely face cataclysmic conditions only makes it more difficult for us to deal with them when they occur.

People in Florida may not like hurricanes, but they do know how to prepare for them."

Overall, Senator Vulakovich's bill would set two sales tax holidays, one week in the spring (March 6-12) and one week in the fall (September 4-10).

The tax exemption would include items such as generators, shutters and other storm protection devices, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and first aid kits.

"As Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, I can say that Pennsylvania has come a long way in developing a coordinated response to many emergency situations," Senator Vulakovich said.

"However, I don't know if there will ever be a point where we can stand back and say that we are totally prepared for every emergency. We must continue to increase public awareness of the steps they can take to prepare themselves and their families to get by after a disaster. These tax holidays would be a major step in that effort."

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