Education Tax Credit http://nhpr.org en Scholarship Tax Credit Attracts A Crowd To N.H. Supreme Court http://nhpr.org/post/scholarship-tax-credit-attracts-crowd-nh-supreme-court <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A program that allows businesses to claim an 85% tax credit for donations made to private school&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">scholarship organizations had its day before the State Supreme Court Wednesday.</span></p><p>A lower court ruled last year that it would be unconstitutional for the program to give scholarships to private schools, because the tax credits amount to public dollars.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:38:34 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 46880 at http://nhpr.org Scholarship Tax Credit Attracts A Crowd To N.H. Supreme Court Education Tax Credit Challenge To Be Heard In N.H. Supreme Court http://nhpr.org/post/education-tax-credit-challenge-be-heard-nh-supreme-court <p>The New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear arguments today on whether it’s constitutional to give tax credits to businesses that donate to private scholarship funds. The program in question has been hamstrung by a lower court ruling.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:45:17 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 46826 at http://nhpr.org Education Tax Credit Challenge To Be Heard In N.H. Supreme Court Hassan Supports Lower Court Decision Striking Down Ed Tax Credit http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-supports-lower-court-decision-striking-down-ed-tax-credit <p>The administration of Governor Maggie Hassan has submitted brief in support of a Superior Court ruling that crippled a controversial Education tax credit program. The program gives tax breaks to businesses that donate to scholarship funds. The scholarships are then used to help students switch to a private school or homeschooling.</p><p>Last spring a judge ruled it was unconstitutional to use those funds to give scholarships to students going to religious schools. The New Hampshire Supreme Court is set to review that decision this spring.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:11:59 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 41759 at http://nhpr.org State To NEO: Give More Scholarships To Public School Students http://nhpr.org/post/state-neo-give-more-scholarships-public-school-students <p>The Department of Revenue Administration has released a memo clarifying the rules surrounding a controversial education tax credit scholarship. The memo makes clear that the state’s largest scholarship organization will have to change how it operates next year.</p><p>The Network for Educational Opportunity will have to give 70 percent of its scholarships to individual public school students. This year it’s giving 70 percent of the funds to just 13 public school students. That’s the lion’s share of the funds going to just 12.6 percent of scholarship recipients.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:40:31 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 39836 at http://nhpr.org Ed Tax Program In Holding Pattern Pending Supreme Court Action http://nhpr.org/post/ed-tax-program-holding-pattern-pending-supreme-court-action <p></p><p>New Hampshire’s new Education Tax Credit Program has been around for all of six months, and so far, it’s had a rough time.</p><p>Last week a superior court ruled the program can’t give scholarships to religious schools But this is just the latest difficulty for the program.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:14:52 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 30040 at http://nhpr.org Ed Tax Program In Holding Pattern Pending Supreme Court Action Tax Credit Ruling Likely To Head To Supreme Court http://nhpr.org/post/tax-credit-ruling-likely-head-supreme-court <p></p><p></p><p>Oral arguments were heard Friday in a lawsuit which will determine if the state’s new education tax credit is constitutional. The state argues that for the tax credit to be considered unconstitutional, the judge has to consider first if directing money through a tax credit is the same as spending money in the budget. Next the judge will have to determine if because some parents use that money to send their kids to religious schools, does that violate the state’s constitution?</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:17:59 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 26397 at http://nhpr.org How North Country Reps Voted On Repeal of Education Tax Credit http://nhpr.org/post/how-north-country-reps-voted-repeal-education-tax-credit <p>Ten North Country representatives – all Democrats - were among those who voted Wednesday to repeal the education tax credit.</p><p>Six North Country representatives – all Republicans – voted against the repeal.</p><p>As NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-votes-repeal-school-choice-tax-credit"> reported </a>the law grants an 85% tax credit to businesses that donate to scholarship organizations, which give the money to students going to a private school, an out-of-district public school, or home school.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:13:23 +0000 Chris Jensen 22357 at http://nhpr.org Education Tax Credit Supporters Turn Out Against Repeal http://nhpr.org/post/education-tax-credit-supporters-turn-out-against-repeal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would repeal the School Choice Scholarship Act, which passed last year. The act allows businesses to receive a tax credit when they donate scholarship money to private schools.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many of the same arguments that were heard last session came up again this time, as lawmakers debated whether or not a tax credit for businesses that fund private and even religious schools is wise – or even constitutional.</span></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:36:31 +0000 Emily Corwin 21175 at http://nhpr.org Education Tax Credit Supporters Turn Out Against Repeal Days After Law Takes Effect, Groups Challenge School Choice Law http://nhpr.org/post/days-after-law-takes-effect-groups-challenge-school-choice-law <p></p><p></p><p>Civil liberties groups have <a href="http://www.au.org/files/pdf_documents/NH_Religious_School_Funding-Complaint.pdf">filed suit</a> challenging the constitutionality of <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/nhtoc/nhtoc-v-77-g.htm">New Hampshire’s Tax Credit Scholarship law</a>. The <a href="http://www.aclu.org/affiliate/new-hampshire">ACLU </a>has teamed up with <a href="http://www.au.org/">Americans United for Separation of Church and State</a> to for the complaint.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 21:53:16 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 19878 at http://nhpr.org Days After Law Takes Effect, Groups Challenge School Choice Law School Choice Tax Credits: Scrap Or Expand? http://nhpr.org/post/school-choice-tax-credits-scrap-or-expand <p></p><p></p><p>On January 1st businesses can start getting tax breaks for donating to organizations that give public school students money toward going to a private school. But before that law has even taken effect, there are proposals to change it.</p><p>The business tax credit scholarship law was never popular with Democrats, who called it a back-door school vouchers measure.&nbsp;Governor-elect Maggie Hassan has said that she would try to repeal it, and a Manchester Representative, Peter Sullivan, will file a bill that would do just that.</p> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 19179 at http://nhpr.org School Choice Tax Credits: Scrap Or Expand? North Country Legislators Almost Evenly Split Over Education Tax Credit Veto http://nhpr.org/post/north-country-legislators-almost-evenly-split-over-education-tax-credit-veto <p>North Country legislators were almost evenly divided about whether to override Gov. Lynch&rsquo;s veto of a bill that would give tax credits for businesses that make donations to not-for-profit schools.</p><p>As<a href="http://news.nhpr.org/post/school-choice-bill-gets-veto-gov-lynch"> NHPR has reported </a>Lynch said <em>&ldquo;the proposed bill would siphon public money away from public schools and give it to private ones. He said the budget gaps the plan would create would have to be covered by increases in local property taxes.</em></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:43:30 +0000 Chris Jensen 7786 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Legislature Overrides Veto On Ed Tax Credits http://nhpr.org/post/nh-legislature-overrides-veto-ed-tax-credits <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">New Hampshire&#39;s Legislature has voted to override a bill vetoed by Gov. John Lynch that is intended to help public school students switch to private schools.</span> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:22:09 +0000 Associated Press 7710 at http://nhpr.org