Originally Sent: 4/4/2014
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Calls Needed Urgently—Tax Reduction for Home, Private Educators Within Sight!
Dear Kansas HSLDA members and friends:
Property tax reduction for homeschool and other private education expenses took a huge step forward late last night when the Kansas Senate voted in favor of House Bill 2506 with the Education Tax Fairness provisions included! Your phone calls made a tremendous difference!
Now it’s crucial that we shift our efforts to the House of Representatives and the Governor’s office. This is very winnable, but your phone calls today (Friday), this evening and tomorrow (Saturday) are absolutely vital! The end of unfair double taxation of families who educate their children at their own expense is within sight.
In another very encouraging development, language was added to HB 2506 stopping state funding for implementing Common Core—the scheme that uses federal money to bribe states to give up their own carefully-developed content standards and replace them with untested, dumbed-down federally-backed standards developed in secret.
1. Immediately call your Kansas state representative. Please call right now, or if you can’t call now or this evening, call no later than tomorrow (Saturday). Use this link to find out who your Kansas state representative is and how to call or email them. Your message can be as simple as:
“Please vote YES on the Senate Substitute for HB 2506 and retain the Education Tax Fairness provisions and the Common Core defunding provisions. Please support bringing basic fairness to the property tax system for families who educate their children entirely at their own expense. Please don’t spend any more state money on the dumbed-down Common Core standards.”
2. Also call the members of the house leadership team listed below with the same message.
3. Please call Governor Brownback’s office with the same message at 785-296-3232.
4. Please urge any groups you are connected with to ask their members to make these phone calls, too. Also please urge any homeschool or other private school family not connected with a group to make calls.
5. Please pray!
CONTACT INFORMATION--HOUSE LEADERSHIP
Ray Merrick, Speaker, 785-296-2302
Peggy Mast, Speaker Pro Tem, 785-291-3500
Jene Vickrey, Majority Leader, 785-296-7662
Today (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday) the bill will go to a “conference committee” composed of a handful of members from both houses. The senate has already supported the Education Tax Fairness provisions, but the house has not previously voted on it. So it’s tremendously important that your Kansas state representative hear from you!
To read the text of the Education Tax Fairness provisions, click here. Families who educate their children entirely at their own expense, and do not utilize the public school system, are eligible for a reduction in their property taxes.
It is based on education expenses they have actually incurred, and limited to $1,000 per child and a maximum of $2,500 per family. The tax reduction cannot exceed the amount of the family's property tax that would otherwise go to pay to operate the public schools.
We live in a highly mobile society. This plan will act as a magnet to draw families with school-age children to Kansas. This will boost the economy and create jobs.
Common Core is a very grave long-term threat to homeschool freedom. It creates de facto federal control over education, a de facto national test, and a de facto national curriculum. It lays the groundwork for further federal expansion into education, including requiring students to have been taught the Common Core to get a high school diploma, get into college, get scholarships, get into the military, and get jobs.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
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 enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>
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