Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Statement from Sen. Jack Jackson Jr. - Increase in tuition tax credits hurts public school students

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Today, legislative Republicans voted to increase tuition tax credits for private corporations despite a recent veto by Gov. Brewer on a like measure.

Sen. Jack Jackson Jr. stated, “Increasing student tuition tax credits is a drain on General Fund dollars which are used to fund our public schools.”

A 2009 investigative report by the East Valley Tribune showed that tuition tax credits primarily help students from wealthy families who already attend private schools.

“Today, Republicans continued to pander to special interests instead of working to improve public schools where the majority of Arizona's students are educated,” said Jackson. “I question the logic of sending similar legislation to the Governor despite her recent veto.”

A conference committee amendment to SB 1186 expands student the tuition tax credit. The bill will need to be final read by the Senate prior to being sent to the Governor.

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