Meridian lawmaker resurrects religious school tax credit bill

Meridian lawmaker resurrects religious school tax credit bill

Credit: Idaho Legislature

Rep. John Vander Woude, R-Meridian

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 3:37 PM

BOISE -- A Republican resurrected last year's failed measure seeking to grant tax credits to people who donate to scholarships meant to defray tuition at private or religious schools.

Rep. John Vander Woude of Meridian told the House Revenue and Tax Committee Thursday he's made a few changes to the bill.

But its rough outlines remain: Idaho would grant up to $10 million in tax credits to help kids go to private school.

Last year, a similar bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob Nonini of Coeur d'Alene cleared the House but failed in the Senate on concerns donors to such scholarships would profit on the backs of public-school funding.

At the time, Senate leader Brent Hill said "that's just not fair."

Vander Woude's bill was introduced, so it may get another round of scrutiny.

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