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4/23/2003 12:02:31 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota--Help Us Support a Scholarship Tax Credit

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April 23, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Minnesota has been on the cutting edge of school choice for some
years. Two new companion bills in the Minnesota Legislature would
expand educational options for more school children across the state.
We need your help to get House File 301 and Senate File 1419 enacted
into law

HF 301 and SF 1419 would establish a scholarship tax credit, which
allows Minnesota taxpayers to donate money to a private scholarship
fund, and then take a tax credit of seventy-five cents on each dollar
they donate. Thus, a one hundred dollar donation only costs the
taxpayer twenty-five dollars. These private scholarship funds can
then use that money to pay for tuition and other expenses in private
schools. Unlike Minnesota's other tax credits, this money can be used
for religious materials, not just secular ones.

ACTION REQUESTED

Senate File 1419 is now moving forward. Please contact every member
of the Senate Tax Committee. Urge them to vote "Yes" on SF 1419. Tell
them, "Scholarship tax credits are helping children in Arizona,
Pennsylvania, and Florida. It's time children in Minnesota had more
choices!"

Senate Tax Committee Members:

Chair: Lawrence J. Pogemiller
(651) 296-7809
sen.larry.pogemiller@senate.mn

Vice Chair: David J. Tomassoni
(651) 296-8017
sen.david.tomassoni@senate.mn

William Belanger, Jr.
(651) 296-5975
sen.bill.belanger@senate.mn

Don Betzold
(651) 296-2556
sen.don.betzold@senate.mn

John C. Hottinger
(651) 296-6153
sen.john.hottinger@senate.mn

Debbie Johnson
(651) 296-3219
sen.debbie.johnson@senate.mn

Warren Limmer
(651) 296-2159
sen.warren.limmer@senate.mn

John Marty
(651) 296-5645
sen.john.marty@senate.mn

Mike McGinn
(651) 297-8073
sen.mike.mcginn@senate.mn

Mee Moua
(651) 296-5285
sen.mee.moua@senate.mn

Steve Murphy
(651) 296-4264
sen.steve.murphy@senate.mn

Julianne E. Ortman
(651) 296-4837
sen.julianne.ortman@senate.mn

Rod Skoe
(651) 296-4196
sen.rod.skoe@senate.mn


BACKGROUND

Arizona was the first state to enact a scholarship tax credit, and
Arizona taxpayers are now providing millions of dollars that help
thousands of children have a real choice. Florida and Pennsylvania
have adopted Arizona's scholarship tax credit model, and other states
are eagerly considering the same mechanism. Up until now,
homeschoolers have not been able to directly benefit from the new
scholarship funds because homeschools are not eligible for
scholarship money in Arizona, Pennsylvania, or Florida. In Minnesota,
by contrast, "homeschools" and "private schools" are not two
separate legal categories. Instead, all Minnesota schools are either
"public" or "nonpublic," which means that scholarship funds would be
permitted to assist low income families who need help in paying for
curriculum, tutoring services, and the like.

Thank you for joining us in the fight for more educational freedom!

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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