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7/28/2005 4:15:03 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin--Homeschool Tax Credit Vetoed

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Wisconsin--Homeschool Tax Credit Vetoed

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Unfortunately, the $100 tax credit per homeschool and private school
student was vetoed. This legislation would have been a tremendous
benefit for homeschool families in Wisconsin. A homeschool family with
five children would have been able to lower their tax liability by
$500 on the state income taxes they owe. If the program had survived
the governor's veto it would have been one of the best tax relief
programs for homeschoolers in the whole country.

Homeschoolers need tax relief because homeschoolers pay for both
public schools and their own homeschool education.

Partly due to costs, more and more families are turning to government
virtual charter school programs and becoming entangled with the state.
Government run virtual schools require that homeschoolers are
supervised by a certified teacher, use the approved secular
curriculum, and take the state assessments. It is essentially a
government school in your home.

Unfortunately, without tax relief through tax credits, families
looking to save money will increasingly turn to these government
controlled virtual "home" schools.

It is also unfortunate that some homeschoolers called Governor Doyle's
office and urged him to veto the tax credit. In fact, he cited the
opposition from homeschoolers in his veto message. This was not a
mandated tax credit; it was voluntary for any homeschool family who
chose to save money. The credit would have enabled families to gain
more control over their own money without compromising with the state
because the courts have stated that tax credits are not government
money, virtually eliminating the government's obligations to add
restrictions on homeschoolers.

HSLDA thanks Senator Tom Reynolds who successfully guided the
homeschool tax credit through the legislature. His hard work and
strategic timing in the passage of this legislation is greatly
appreciated.

We hope that another tax credit bill will be passed in the future, but
the Wisconsin legislature is in recess for the rest of the summer. It
returns in September.

Thank you for calling in support of this legislation. We came close,
but not close enough.

HSLDA remains committed to promoting freedom in Wisconsin.


Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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