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New Educational Tax Credit Proposal in State Senate

A new educational tax credit proposal, titled the Child Learning Investment Tax Credit, has been introduced in the state Senate. This proposal aims to offer families a refundable tax credit of up to $8,000 per student for educational expenses, including private school tuition. The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to vote on this measure on Wednesday.

This initiative marks a shift from last year’s $100 million school voucher proposal, which was not passed due to opposition from House Democrats who viewed it as an unconstitutional shift of taxpayer funds from public schools. Despite previous disagreements, Governor Josh Shapiro has expressed ongoing support for school choice, advocating for it through various means such as tax credits or direct appropriations.

The proposal emerges amid legislative focus on other education-related policies, like a college tuition grant program aimed at retaining students in high-demand careers in Pennsylvania. The introduction of this tax credit, which is being considered after the state budget deadline, highlights its priority for Senate Republicans. However, the governor’s administration, through spokesman Manuel Bonder, has indicated a lack of support for this bill.

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