Wednesday, January 28, 2009

School choice bill passes out of House Finance Committee

Another hurdle has been passed by Del. Chris Saxman's (R-Staunton) school choice bill that was supported by Del. Matt Lohr (R-Broadway). Now it goes to the Appropriations Committee.

Rocktown Weekly reported:
A plan by Del. Chris Saxman, R-Staunton, to help give residents a choice about where to send their children to school passed the House of Delegates Finance Committee on Monday.
Saxman is proposing a tax credit for businesses and individuals who contribute to eligible public school foundations and scholarship foundations.

For individual taxpayers, the amount of the annual credit is 100 percent of the contribution but may not exceed $800 for individual taxpayers and $1,200 for married taxpayers filing jointly, according to a summary of the bill posted on the General Assembly Web site.
Del. Saxman has been trying to get a school choice bill passed for years. It usually runs into a road block in the Senate.

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