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4/1/2003 11:34:57 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Arizona--Support Scholarship Tax Credit for Corporations

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April 1, 2003

Dear Arizona HSLDA Members and Friends,

On March 24, 2003, I wrote you to ask you to call your state senator
to support Senate Bill 1263, which increases educational choice in
Arizona. Thanks to your efforts, and those of many other activists
across Arizona, this scholarship tax credit has passed the Senate. It
now moves to the House of Representatives. Your support at this time
is critical to expanding educational choice in Arizona.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Find out if your Representative has signed on as a co-sponsor of
SB 1263. To find the name and contact information for your state
Representative, visit www.hslda.org/toolbox and enter your zip code.
The following Representatives have become co-sponsors so far:

Russell K. Pearce
John M. Allen
Andy Biggs
Randy Graf
Clancy Jayne
Doug Quelland
Colette Rosati
Stephen Tully
Karen S. Johnson
Eddie Farnsworth
Bill Arnold
Tom Boone
Linda Gray
Warde Nichols
Michele Reagan
Bob Stump
Steven B. Yarbrough
John Huppenthal
Ray Barnes
Jake Flake
Joe Hart
Gary L. Pierce
Bob Robson
Mark Thompson

2. Call your representatives. If they are co-sponsors, thank them for
supporting this bill. If they are not, ask them to sign on as a co-
sponsor. Say, "Arizona's scholarship tax credits are a model for the
rest of the country. Please expand these credits by allowing
corporations to give every child a chance."

3. Call the following members of the House Ways and Means Committee
and the House Rules Committee and ask them to vote for SB 1263.

House Ways and Means Committee members to target:

Steve Huffman, Chairman (602) 542-3394
Ken Clark (602) 542-5058
Ted Downing (602) 542-5108
Jack C. Jackson, Jr. (602) 542-5160
Leah Landrum Taylor (602) 542-5864
Tom O'Halleran (602) 542-4079

House Rules Committee members to target:

Amanda Aguirre (602) 542-4430
Ted Carpenter (602) 542-1859
Ken Clark (602) 542-5058
Steve Huffman (602) 542-3394
Debbie McCune Davis (602) 542-5412
Ben R. Miranda (602) 542-4893

BACKGROUND

Arizona was the first state in the country to adopt a scholarship tax
credit, which has been upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court. While
this tax credit does not directly help homeschoolers, it allows every
Arizona taxpayer to support private education at no cost to
themselves. Each taxpayer can donate up to $500 of their own money to
help children choose alternatives to public schools. That donation is
taken directly off the state income tax liability. Thus, in effect,
homeschoolers can take $500 out the state budget and put it into
private education.

Two other states have adopted similar laws. Both Pennsylvania and
Florida allow businesses to take a dollar for dollar tax credit for
donations to private schools. This legislation would follow
Pennsylvania and Florida's lead. At present, only individual
taxpayers can donate money to scholarship funds. While not all
corporations will take advantage of this new law, some will and most
should. The new law will give homeschool employees an opportunity to
lobby their own corporations for visible support to private
education.

SB 1263 has already passed the Arizona Senate and could pass the
House with enough support. It is unclear whether Arizona's new
governor will sign this bill into law. Homeschoolers should be
prepared to mount a massive telephone campaign to persuade the
governor to support educational choice.

For more information on this bill and education tax credits visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=765

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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