From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/29/2013 12:08:50 PM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
Defend Education Tax Credit for Homeschoolers and Private Schools

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Defend Education Tax Credit for Homeschoolers and Private Schools

Dear New Hampshire Members and Friends,

House Bill 370 would repeal an education tax credit law passed last
year over Governor Lynch's veto. New Hampshire RSA 77-G creates an
education tax credit scholarship program that allows private and
homeschool students to receive scholarships from Scholarship Tuition
Organizations ("STO") created under the statute. These STOs receive
funding from businesses who receive a tax credit for their donations.
The program was established to help families have more choices in

Opponents of the law say it is "unconstitutional" because it "violates
the separation of church and state." The ACLU has filed a lawsuit
against the law.

RSA 77-G was patterned after a similar law in Arizona which was
challenged in 2010. In 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law as

HSLDA supported passage of New Hampshire RSA 77-G, and we are working
with others to defend it. We are asking for your help to defend
against attempts to repeal it this Thursday in a hearing before the
House Ways and Means Committee.


Please attend the public hearing in support of New Hampshire RSA 77-G
on January 31, 2013. The hearing on HB 370 is at 12:30 p.m., on
Thursday, January 31, 2013 in Representatives Hall, New Hampshire
State House, 107 North Main St., Concord, N.H.

When you attend the hearing, please sign in on the blue sheet to
oppose the bill. You may also indicate if you wish to testify.

If you wish to testify, please bring at least 25 copies of your
written remarks for the committee members and staff.

Also, even if you are unable to attend the public hearing, please
contact the members of the House Ways and Means Committee. In your own
words, give the representatives the following message:

"Please oppose House Bill 370 which would repeal the education tax
credit program. The education tax credit law helps many families who
would otherwise be unable to provide for their children's education.
It is a worthy public policy goal for New Hampshire to support school
choice, and the education tax credit provides an incentive for
businesses to privately assist needy families and receive a tax
credit. This same type of program has been held to be constitutional
and effective in states like Arizona. Please vote against House Bill

You can find the contact information for the committee members here:


For more information about this issues visit these links:

> Read the Friedman Foundation's take on the New Hampshire Tax Credit

> To read the New York Times article about the Arizona Supreme Court

> Read the U.S. Supreme Court opinion here:

> Read HSLDA memo:

Thank you for all you do in defense of freedom for families in the
great state of New Hampshire.
Live Free or Die!

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

P.S. Without your support we could not stand for freedom in New
Hampshire. If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will
you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support
our work defending individual families threatened by government
officials and protecting homeschooling freedom for all? Join now at:

-> You can only do so much...

No one can be everywhere at once. And you can't be at home,
teaching your children, while monitoring your state's legislature.
Through electronic legislative services, HSLDA is monitoring state
legislation for you -- watching and listening carefully for any
proposed laws that could erode your right to homeschool.
Join HSLDA today-we'll watch out for your future.

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