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Wed May 16, 2012
Senate Passes Ed. Tax Credit Plan
The state Senate has passed a plan that would give business a tax credit for donations to private and parochial schools.
The bill has strong legislative support.
In essence, this bill gives businesses incentives to support non-public schools.
Backers say wealthy people already have the resources to send their children wherever they want.
Sponsor Republican Senator Jim Forsythe says making more scholarship money available gives more families more choices.
“And so what this will do is this will extend the ability to choose a school down to those families. And whenever you have choice and you have options, you see better outcomes.”
Leading Democrats – including the governor – oppose the measure saying it strips money from the public schools.
They also believe sending taxpayer dollars to parochial schools violates the state constitution.
The bill received veto-proof majorities in both chambers.