Pennsylvania Lawmakers Move Closer to Expansion of Private-School Tax Credits - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Move Closer to Expansion of Private-School Tax Credits

Expansion of private-school tax credits advances in Pennsylvania Senate

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    • The Senate Education Committee approved the bill to expand taxpayer support for private and religious schools.

    • It would nearly double the Educational Improvement Tax Credit.

    • Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is critical of it, saying it boosts business tax credits at the expense of public school funding.

    Legislation to substantially expand taxpayer support for private and religious schools is taking another step in Pennsylvania.

    The Senate Education Committee approved the bill Wednesday over the protests of Democrats.

    It's sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai and passed the Republican-controlled House last month on a near-party line basis.

    Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is critical of it, saying it boosts business tax credits at the expense of public school funding. But Turzai is expected to make it part of June's budget negotiations for the fiscal year starting July 1.

    It would nearly double the Educational Improvement Tax Credit to $210 million annually, add automatic 10% increases and lift the family income eligibility limit to $95,000.

    The program reimburses corporations for donating to school groups, which primarily offer private school scholarships.