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4/4/2005 4:58:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota--Calls Needed to Expand Tuition Credit to Homeschoolers

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April 4, 2005


Minnesota--Calls Needed to Expand Tuition Credit to Homeschoolers


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

House Bill 1858 would expand the definition of schools eligible to
receive money from tuition tax credit programs. This could be a very
positive step for homeschoolers. The committee will be considering
this bill within the next couple of days, so your immediate call is
critical.


ACTION REQUESTED

Please call each member of the House Committee on Taxes and give them
this message, "House Bill 1858 would expand the freedoms of private
schools and homeschools alike. Please vote 'Yes.'"

All phone numbers are in the 651 area code.

Chair: Philip Krinkie (R)
296-2907

Vice Chair: Dean Simpson (R)
296-4293

Lead-DFL: Ann Lenczewski (DFL)
296-4218

Ron Abrams (R)
296-9934

Irv Anderson (DFL)
296-4936

Joe Atkins (DFL)
296-4192

Connie Bernardy (DFL)
296-5510

Laura Brod (R)
296-4229

Gregory M. Davids (R)
296-9278

Jim Davnie (DFL)
296-0173

Chris DeLaForest (R)
296-4231

David Dill (DFL)
296-2190

Dan Dorman (R)
296-8216

Ron Erhardt (R)
296-4363

Larry Howes (R)
296-2451

Mike Jaros (DFL)
296-4246

Jim Knoblach (R)
296-6316

Lyle Koenen (DFL)
296-4346

Paul Kohls (R)
296-4282

Morrie Lanning (R)
296-5515
John Lesch (DFL)

296-4224

Paul Marquart (DFL)
296-6829

Joe Mullery (DFL)
296-4262

Peter Nelson (R)
296-5377

Tom Rukavina (DFL)
296-0170

Katie Sieben (DFL)
296-4342

Ray Vandeveer (R)
296-4124

Andrew "Andy" Westerberg (R)
296-4226

Kurt Zellers (R)
296-5502


BACKGROUND

A number of states have laws that allow a tax credit for businesses
that donate money to tuition programs. In every state that has
enacted these laws, however, the tuition program money is only
available for students who attend private schools.

This bill would make Minnesota the first state to make this business
donated tuition money available to homeschoolers, as well as private
schools. This bill would re-define "eligible school" in such a way as
to include homeschool programs, allowing homeschoolers to obtain
tuition money in the same way as private schools do. This would
result in money being available to homeschoolers, without the risk of
government interference that accompanies direct government
contributions, such as vouchers.

Please act today to get this positive change enacted.

Sincerely,


Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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