Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Voucher Bill Killed in Senate Finance Committee!

Del. Massie’s HB 2314, which would have provided a tax credit for companies that donate money for scholarships for kindergarten and first grade students eligible for free and reduced lunch to attend private schools, came before the Senate Finance Committee this morning. This bill was one of Governor McDonald's initiatives this year. It was strongly supported by the private and parochial schools. Supporters of the bill argued that it would not take money away from public education, but that it wouldl actually result in a profit for the state! We are adamantly opposed to this bill because we firmly believe that it will take money away from the general fund and away from public education. We are very pleased to report that HB 2314 was passed by indefinitely by the Senate Finance Committee this morning on a vote of 9 to 6.