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WZZM: Huizenga visits Muskegon Heights first responders, pushes for temporary pay boost during pandemic

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — Michigan Congressman Bill Huizenga hopes a HEROES Act will provide emergency first responders and medical professionals with additional pay for working during the coronavirus outbreak.

The proposal includes a four-month federal income tax holiday for medical professionals and law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters, EMT's and hospital support staff.

Tuesday, Huizenga thanked members of the police and fire departments in Muskegon Heights. He said the HEROES Act is modeled after how members of the military serving in combat zones are exempted from paying federal tax on their income.

If passed, the legislation could be extended by the Secretary of the Treasury for an additional three months beyond the initial four.

This article originally appeared on WZZM 13 on May 19th, 2020.
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