N.H. Senate affirms support for education tax credits House delays vote to today, Fosters' 3/29/12

posted Mar 29, 2012, 7:09 PM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Mar 29, 2012, 7:11 PM ]
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N.H. Senate affirms support for education tax credits House delays vote to today


By JIM HADDADIN
jhaddadin@fosters.com


Thursday, March 29, 2012

CONCORD — A bill that would establish an education tax credit for businesses that donate money to help send students to private schools won the support of the state Senate once again Wednesday.

The House was set to vote on a similar bill, but delayed taking action until today, facing a packed legislative agenda this week.

Under both bills, businesses would donate money to scholarship organizations, which would provide an average of $2,500 to each student who qualifies for a scholarship.

Supporters argue school districts that lose state aid for students getting scholarships to go elsewhere would save money because they would have fewer students.

Opponents in the Senate questioned the constitutionality of the credits, which they say would be akin to paying for religious schools through taxes.

Eight other states currently have similar programs.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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