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2/25/2009 12:46:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Calls Needed to Support $1,000 Tax Credit

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February 25, 2009

Illinois: Calls Needed to Support $1,000 Tax Credit

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

House Bill 643 and House Bill 1097 are scheduled to be heard in the
Revenue and Finance Committee tomorrow. If these bills pass, it would
increase the education expense credit to 50% (instead of 25%) of
qualified education expenses. In addition, the bill increases the
maximum amount of the education expense credit that home educators can
receive from $500 to $1,000.

Your calls to the Revenue and Finance Committee members are needed to
get these bills passed.

Action Requested:

1. Please call the committee members and give them this message:

"Please vote for House Bill 643 and House Bill 1097, both of which
increase the maximum education expense credit from $500 to $1,000. It
will empower parents to choose the best education for their children."


You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Due to the large number of representatives that need to be called, we
ask that those families with last names starting with the letters A-H,
please call the first four committee members of the list below.
Families with last names starting with the letters I-P, please call
the next four members of the committee. And lastly, families with last
names starting with the letters Q-Z, please call the last five members
of the committee list below.

Revenue and Finance Committee:

A-H:
Chairperson John E. Bradley (D) - 217-782-1051
Vice-Chairperson Frank J. Mautino (D) - 217-782-0140
Bob Biggins (D) - 217-782-6578
Suzanne Bassi (R) - 217-782-8026

I-P:
Mark H. Beaubien (R) - 217-782-1517
Linda Chapa LaVia (D) - 217-782-1002
Barbara Flynn Currie (D) - 217-782-8121
Roger L. Eddy (R) - 217-782-1040

Q-Z:
LaShawn K. Ford (D) - 217-782-5962
Careen M. Gordon (D) - 217-782-5997
Ed Sullivan, Jr. (R) - 217-782-3696
Arthur L. Turner (D) - 217-782-8116
Michael J. Zalewski (D) - 217-782-5280

We urge homeschoolers to attend the hearing for H.B. 643 and H.B. 1097
to voice their support. The hearing is scheduled for February 26, at
10 a.m. in the Capitol Building, Room 122B.

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 significant
number of homeschool leaders are concerned about any effort to get
benefits from the government. Most homeschool leaders 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. 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. Most
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=6175 .


Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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