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3/20/2013 3:13:27 PM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
Senator Hosmer Needs to Hear from You!

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Senator Hosmer Needs to Hear from You!

Dear New Hampshire Members and Friends,

House Bill ("HB") 370, which repeals the education tax credit program
that helps all families, including homeschool families, is scheduled
for a hearing in the Senate Health, Education, & Human Services
Committee this Friday, March 22 before being voted on in the Senate.
Reports indicate the Senate vote may be very close, and your action is
needed to defend the tax credit program and oppose HB 370.

Senator Andrew Hosmer, a Democratic senator from Laconia, has
indicated that he may be open to considering voting in favor of
letting the tax credit program survive. Senator Hosmer is reported to
have enrolled his children in a private school but is concerned about
the impact the tax credit could have on funding to public schools.
His vote could be the deciding factor, and so we are asking you to
contact him if you live in his district. Senator Hosmer represents
District 7 including Andover, Belmont, Boscawen, Canterbury, Franklin,
Gilford, Laconia, Northfield, Salisbury, and Webster.

We are asking Senator Hosmer's constituents to reach out to him
thoughtfully and politely to explain why they believe the tax credit
program is a good idea for New Hampshire. As homeschoolers we can
support this program as one of the first in the nation to allow
homeschoolers to benefit from scholarships for needy families who
might otherwise have difficulty homeschooling their children. This is
in addition to the benefits other families who have their children in
public or private schools could potentially realize.


ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact the senator and, if possible, make an appointment to
visit him either in the district or in Concord. Ask Senator Andrew
Hosmer to oppose HB 370. In your own words, give Senator Hosmer the
following message:

"Senator Hosmer, I am respectfully requesting that you vote against
repealing the education tax credit and against House Bill 370. The
education tax credit will help many families who might otherwise have
difficulty providing for their children's education. It is a worthy
public policy goal for New Hampshire to support the education tax
credit, which provides an incentive for businesses to privately assist
needy families and receive a tax credit."

"This program helps ALL New Hampshire families in need, regardless of
their current educational setting and regardless of their religious
beliefs. Although some argue that this program is unconstitutional,
this very type of program has been held to be constitutional and
effective in Arizona and other states."

"New Hampshire's tax credit program is also innovative as the first in
the nation to extend benefits to qualified homeschooling families. The
$750 scholarships that are possible under this program per child would
be very helpful to homeschoolers having difficulty funding their
child's home education."

"The tax credit program is capped in the early years at a relatively
small amount, making the impact on funding for public education
negligible and to allow the program to be evaluated. The program
shouldn't be killed before it has a chance to prove itself. Please
vote against House Bill 370."

You can contact Senator Hosmer my mail, phone, or email:
Legislative Office Building
Room 5
33 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3067
andrew.hosmer@leg.state.nh.us

If you are able, please consider attending the public hearing this
week to oppose HB 370. The hearing on HB 370 is at 1:00 p.m, on
Friday, March 22, 2013 in Room 100, New Hampshire State House, 107
North Main St, Concord, NH.

BACKGROUND

HSLDA supports tax credit programs, which help families choose the
kind of education their children receive. New Hampshire is the first
tax credit program of this kind to allow for scholarships to
homeschoolers. HSLDA is defending this program in the legislature and
in court by authoring an amicus brief in favor of the program. The
Institute for Justice is defending the law against an attack by the
ACLU.

If HB 370 passes and the law is repealed the court case will be moot,
depriving the law of an opportunity be heard by the courts. Although
the ACLU argues the law is unconstitutional because it selectively
funds religious educations, that claim is factually erroneous.
Furthermore, identical programs have already been upheld as
constitutional by the United States Supreme Court.

Thank you for all your work in defending homeschool freedom!

Live Free or Die!



Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

P.S. We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve
you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you
consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support
for our work enables us to defend individual families threatened by
government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join
now: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17717

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-> How long are you in for?

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homeschooling, with children at both ends of the spectrum -- some
graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1936

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