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2/15/2007 11:56:01 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Call to Support $500 Tax Credit for Homeschooling Families!

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February 15, 2007

New Hampshire--Calls Needed to Support
$500 Tax Credit for Homeschooling Families!

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

House Bill 422 provides tax relief for homeschooling families.
Tomorrow, Friday, February 16, 2007, the Municipal and County
Government Committee will consider House Bill 422, which would
authorize the governing body of a municipality in New Hampshire to
issue a tax credit of up to $500 per child to parents whose children
are enrolled in a nonpublic school or home education program. In
addition to this committee hearing, an executive session will be held
on Tuesday, February 20, 2007, to discuss this bill.

Show your support for House Bill 422 by contacting members of the
House Municipal and County Government Committee and attending the
hearings in Concord tomorrow and next Tuesday. Both hearings will be
in Legislative Office Building 301 at 1 p.m. This could also be a
wonderful opportunity for your children to observe the legislative
process of state government.

Regardless of whether you attend the hearings, please call members of
the committee TODAY and ask them to vote for House Bill 422.

ACTION REQUESTED:

(1) Please call and/or email as many members of the House Municipal
and County Government Committee (listed below) as possible and urge
them to vote in favor of House Bill 422. In your own words, give them
the following message:

"Please vote for House Bill 422, which would authorize a tax credit
for parents whose children do not attend public school. This would
provide relief to families who now have a double burden of both paying
taxes for public schools as well as providing for their children's
education either privately or through homeschooling."

House Municipal and County Government Committee:

Committee Phone: (603) 271-3317

Robert L. Theberge (Chair)
Email: robert.theberge@leg.state.nh.us

Jessie L. Osborne (Vice-Chair)
Email: jessie.osborn@leg.state.nh.us

Mary R. Cooney (Clerk)
Email: mary.cooney@leg.state.nh.us

Earle Goodwin
(603) 271-3317

Timothy Butterworth
Email: tim.butterworth@leg.state.nh.us

Bennett F. Moore
(603) 271-3317

Betsey L. Patten
Email: betsey.patten@leg.state.nh.us

Bruce F. Hunter
(603) 271-3317

Robert J. Elliott
Email: bob.elliott@leg.state.nh.us

Larry Brown
(603) 271-3317

Michael R. DesRoches
(603) 271-3317

Anthony F. Simon
Email: anthony.simon@leg.state.nh.us

Laurie J. Boyce
Email: laurie.boyce@leg.state.nh.us

Andy Peterson
(603) 271-3317

Mark A. Pearson
Email: mark.pearson@leg.state.nh.us

Robert J. Watson
Email: bob.watson@leg.state.nh.us

Suzanna S. Laliberte
(603) 271-3317

Robert A. Srnec
(603) 271-3317

Eric G. Stohl
Email: eric.stohl@leg.state.nh.us

Joseph A. Guthrie
(603) 271-3317


(2) Please attend the House Municipal and County Government Committee
and Executive hearings on Thursday, February 16, 2007, and Tuesday,
February 20, 2007, at Legislative Office Building 301 in Concord.

To view the text of House Bill 422, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3758 .


BACKGROUND:

Homeschoolers currently pay for the public education system while they
privately educate their own children. This "double taxation" is
unfair. While almost all homeschoolers would like to be free of the
tax burden of public schools they do not use themselves, a number of
homeschoolers are concerned about any effort to get benefits from the
government. Most homeschoolers agree that vouchers (direct payments
from the government to private or homeschools) are unacceptable
because of the controls and loss of freedom that comes with the money.


As an alternative, HSLDA recommends another vehicle: educational tax
credits. Various appellate courts, including federal courts, have
ruled that tax credits are not government funds. Therefore, they do
not carry with them government strings as do educational vouchers.
Parents and individuals who provide for a child's education should be
allowed to keep some of their tax money that would otherwise have been
used to fund public education. This goal could be accomplished
through a tax credit.

Educational tax credit legislation can typically be divided into two
categories: tax credits for individuals or corporations who contribute
to a non-profit scholarship fund and tax credits reimbursing parents
for educational expenses incurred for their children. Arizona passed
an educational tax credit law which falls into the first category
while Minnesota and Illinois passed a tax credit falling into the
second category.

Education tax credits offer several benefits:

> Educational tax credits will give parents true choice in education.
This tax credit will help reduce the "double tax burden" on parents
who choose private or home education.

> Education tax credits will benefit public schools. By encouraging
students to attend private schools or homeschools, the tuition tax
credit will reduce overcrowded public school class sizes and the
student-to-teacher ratio, making more teachers available to public
school students.

> Education tax credits will benefit low-income families. Many
educational tax credit proposals provide a credit for businesses and
private individuals who contribute to a nonprofit scholarship fund,
which are usually dedicated to helping low-income families. This type
of credit provides an incentive to help give low-income families true
choice in their children's education.

For more information on educational tax credits, see our memorandum at

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3661 .


Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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