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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.

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