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Putting Families First – HB 336 and SB 4405 Feb

The 2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly is entering its second month.  Though many issues are of importance to us as Catholics, today I urge you to take action on two bills that would help provide families with ID-10069170more options when it comes to their children’s education, regardless of their income or ZIP Code.

House Bill 336 and Senate Bill 44 would create a Scholarship Tax Credit Program in Kentucky.  A Scholarship Tax Credit program would increase financial assistance to families who wish to send their children to a nonpublic school, including Catholic schools.  The legislation ensures that all students have the opportunity to obtain the education they deserve at a school that best suits their educational needs.

PLEASE CALL the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 (1-866-840-6574 for Spanish) and urge your State Representative to co-sponsor House Bill 336 and Senator to co-sponsor Senate Bill 44 (the operator on the line will assist you in getting the message to the correct Representative and Senator).

House Bill 336 is sponsored by Rep. Tommy Thompson (D-14), Rep. Larry Clark (D-46), Rep. Fitz Steele (D-84), Rep. Dennis Keene (D-67), Rep. Russ Meyer (D-39), Rep Terry Mills (D-24), Rep. Dennis Horlander (D-40), Rep. Brad Montell (R-58), Rep. Sal Santoro (R-60), Rep. James Tipton (R-53), and Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-66). Senate Bill 44 is sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvardo (R-28), Sen. John Schickel (R-11), Sen. Max Wise (R-16), Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R-36), and Sen. Joe Bowen (R-8).  If you live in their districts, be sure to thank them for their support.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2229) teaches the following:

  • Parents have the right to choose a school for their children which corresponds to their own personal convictions;
  • This right is fundamental; and
  • Public authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and ensuring concrete conditions for its exercise.

In Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (#72) our U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have written:

Government, through such means as tax credits…should help provide resources for parents, especially those of modest means, to exercise this basic right without discrimination.

 

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