Vouchers http://nhpr.org en 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 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 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? N.H. Lawmakers Knock Down 7 of Lynch's Vetos, Uphold 6 http://nhpr.org/post/nh-lawmakers-knock-down-7-lynchs-vetos-uphold-6 <p>Wednesday the New Hampshire House and Senate overrode seven of Gov. John Lynch&rsquo;s vetoes and allowed six to stand.</p><p>The voting came rapid-fire in the Senate, which made it through seven of its own bills in the morning, and then&nbsp;waited for the House to work through its backlog in the afternoon. The House votes came at a statelier pace at first, but then picked up after lunch. At the end of the day seven of Lynch&#39;s vetoes were knocked down, and six allowed to stand. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:57:26 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 7724 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Lawmakers Knock Down 7 of Lynch's Vetos, Uphold 6 Gov. Candidates at Loggerheads on School Choice http://nhpr.org/post/gov-candidates-loggerheads-school-choice <p>On Wednesday, the legislature will vote on whether or not to override Governor John Lynch&rsquo;s veto of a bill supporters call School Choice Scholarship Act.</p><p>Both Democratic gubernatorial&nbsp;candidates are calling on the legislature to uphold the governor&rsquo;s veto. Their republican opponents came out in support of the school choice bill&nbsp;last week.&nbsp;There are two, nearly identical, versions of the education tax credit coming back before the legislature tomorrow.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:03:38 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 7616 at http://nhpr.org School Choice Bill Gets a Veto from Gov. Lynch http://nhpr.org/post/school-choice-bill-gets-veto-gov-lynch <p>Governor John Lynch&nbsp;has vetoed a bill that would create a tax credit for businesses donating to not-for-profit scholarship organizations. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:03:38 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 7115 at http://nhpr.org School Choice Bill Gets a Veto from Gov. Lynch School Choice Bill Passes Senate Despite Constitutionality Concerns http://nhpr.org/post/school-choice-bill-passes-senate-despite-constitutionality-concerns <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The New Hampshire Senate passed <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/results.aspx?txtbillnumber=sb372&amp;txtsessionyear=2012">a bill</a> sponsored by school choice advocates that would create a tax credit for businesses that donate to scholarship organizations.</p><p>Many public school educators oppose the measure saying that it would sap schools of already scarce resources, but opponents in the senate tried to block the bill by calling into question its constitutionality.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:19:42 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 2668 at http://nhpr.org School Choice Bill Passes Senate Despite Constitutionality Concerns School Choice Advocates Pitch Tax Credit Scholarship Program http://nhpr.org/post/school-choice-advocates-pitch-tax-credit-scholarship-program <p>Many proposals encouraging educational choice are pending in Concord this year.&nbsp;One with strong backing would use tax credits to encourage businesses to pay for school scholarships.</p><p>Critics say this would starve public schools of much needed funding, but supporters say this is a way to give students more options while avoiding constitutional concerns that have <a href="http://info.nhpr.org/node/6321">doomed </a>past proposals for school <a href="http://info.nhpr.org/node/6209">vouchers</a>.</p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 22:23:45 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 1698 at http://nhpr.org School Choice Advocates Pitch Tax Credit Scholarship Program