(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
Both houses of the New Hampshire legislature have voted to override Governor Lynch’s veto of a new parental choice tax credit for low and middle-income families.
Congratulations to New Hampshire’s lawmakers and choice advocates. By my count, this means that Greg has defeated Jay Mathews for a second year in a row with seven new programs or program expansions: Arizona tax credit expansion, Arizona Education Savings Account expansion, Florida tax credit expansion, Louisiana new voucher program, new Louisiana tax credit program, new Virginia tax credit, new New Hampshire credit.
Celebrating here!! We also now require an ID to vote!!! No more dead people voting in NH!!!
The Republicans stood with the MOMS today. Governor Lynch and Governor Candidate Maggie Hassan stood against moms and did not support school choice.
Over at Joanne Jacobs’ blog she’s got an item about parental trigger being passed in Louisiana. Also, Michigan’s parental trigger laws passed the Senate.
There’s lots of great news here. This bill (now law!) contains an “elevator” so that it automatically grows over time to meet demand (it increases by 25% whenever the program enrollment reaches 80% of the cap). This means that families and advocates don’t have to perennially return to the legislature to beg for an increase. (That’s been a particular problem in Rhode Island, which has a ridiculously low $1 million program cap.)
The law also covers certain approved expenses for homeschoolers, from textbooks to tutors; has an income cap that covers almost half of the students in the state (300%); contains no new regulations on private schools; and contains a strongly-worded severability clause in the unlikely scenario that the state supreme court rules giving scholarships to students at parochial schools unconstitutional.
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