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Scholarship Tax Credits and Tax Reform03 Apr

Most of you received emails or calls from legislators this session promising to include Scholarship Tax Credits in comprehensive tax reform.  I received similar IMG_3888commitments throughout the session.  Consequently, I was shocked to learn yesterday that the General Assembly passed a massive tax package that did not include Scholarship Tax Credits (or any other school choice measures).

I cannot speak to the details of what happened at this time.  As of late last week, momentum was on our side.  However, it is abundantly clear that the General Assembly decided to defer to the voices of a small minority of opponents over the thousands of Kentuckians who want educational options for families.

The good news is that the session is not over.  The General Assembly will reconvene on April 13th for its final days of the session.  It can still pass Scholarship Tax Credits at that time.    It is very important that you contact your legislators to express your dissatisfaction. Otherwise, they will only hear the voices of those who oppose educational choice.  Please take the following steps this week and encourage your friends to do the same:

  • If you have received an email or phone call from your legislators in support of Scholarship Tax Credits, follow up with them this week. Ask why Scholarship Tax Credits were not included in the tax package and what they plan to do to fix the situation.
  • Contact your Senators and Representatives offices at 502-564-8100 and ask to speak with their assistants about setting up a meeting in your hometown to discuss what they plan to do to make this situation right before the end of the session. You can look up your legislator by going here, putting in your address, and clicking on the map.  If they receive enough requests, they will likely schedule an event in their district to hear about the issue.
  • If you cannot take the above steps, please take 5 minutes of your time and leave a personalized message for your Senator and Representative at 1-800-372-7181.  The operator will help you connect with the right legislators.

We cannot give up at this point.  We cannot accept excuses or further delay.  The General Assembly has a majority that would support Scholarship Tax Credits now.  It may not next year.  The time for action is now.

Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of Kentucky’s children.

8 Responses to “Scholarship Tax Credits and Tax Reform”

  1. Laura kelty Reply

    My needs to pass the scholarship tax credit now.

    • Andrew Vandiver Reply

      Please contact your legislator to deliver this message. You can call 1-800-372-7181 and they will help you leave a message for your legislators based on your address. Thank you!

  2. Sharon Reply

    This is NOT what KY needs. We need funding for public school and get rid of high stakes testing. Equal opportunities for all, not just the few that are deemed worthy via athletic/academic merits. This is a DeVos -Koch attack on our state and I am not going to sit back and watch it happen Kentucky deserves better! Full disclosure, my boys graduated from catholic school and you should be ashamed!

  3. Greg Colliver Reply

    Funding is essential for scholarship tax credits.
    Please fund so all ky children can have access to a quality education

    • Andrew Vandiver Reply

      Please contact your legislator to deliver this message. You can call 1-800-372-7181 and they will help you leave a message for your legislators based on your address. Thank you!

    • Andrew Vandiver Reply

      Thank you for your post. If you want to help, please contact your legislator to deliver this message. You can call 1-800-372-7181 and they will help you leave a message for your legislators based on your address. Thank you!

  4. Amy Reply

    As a teacher, I am against using tax money for private schools. Our public schools need to be fully funded so that we can provide a quality education to ALL children. As a Christian, I see the needy and the hurting children of my school. Budget cuts hurt the most vulnerable of our kids the most. As a Catholic, I don’t want my tax dollars used for curriculum that portrays the Catholic faith in a negative way.

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