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1/30/2003 4:55:40 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Arizona--Tax Credit for Homeschoolers Bill Tabled

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January 30, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We informed you on January 27, 2003, of House Bill 2260, which would
provide a $1500 tax credit for parents who operate a homeschool in
Arizona. We urged you to contact your own legislators to ask them to
support homeschool tax credits. In light of Arizona's current budget
situation, homeschool leaders in the state have decided that now is
not the best time to call for this tax relief. While a homeschool tax
credit would save Arizona money in the long run, we do not want to
put legislators who support homeschooling in the difficult position
of voting for something that would appear to make the budget problems
worse.

According to her staff, Representative Karen Johnson went to the
House Education Committee Chairman on January 28, 2003 to request
that her bill not be heard this year. We appreciate Representative
Johnson's eagerness to help homeschoolers and willingness to put her
own agenda on hold in order achieve larger goals.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please send Representative Johnson a short e-mail or letter
thanking her for her efforts to help homeschoolers. Her e-mail
address is kjohnson@azleg.state.az.us. Her mailing address is House
of Representatives, 1700 W. Washington, Room 222, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

2. If you are interested in pursuing tax relief in years to come, we
encourage you to contact your own legislator to ask them whether they
support tax relief for homeschool and private school families.

BACKGROUND

The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld a scholarship tax credit for
private schools, which allows taxpayers to donate up to five hundred
dollars of their own money to a scholarship fund that pays tuition or
other expenses at a private school. Despite challenges by the
teachers union and other enemies of school choice, the Arizona
Supreme Court upheld the tax credit as a means of encouraging
educational freedom. Unfortunately, Arizona's scholarship tax credit
does not allow families to donate money to help homeschoolers. Thus,
some form of tax relief for homeschool families is needed.

Thank you for your support on this important legislation.

Sincerely,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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