Catholics urged to contact legislators

Record Staff Report

EdChoice Kentucky, a non-profit organization that aims to give families more choices in education through a scholarship tax credit program, invites individuals to encourage their legislators to support two measures in the Kentucky General Assembly — House Bill 134 and Senate Bill 36.

The two proposals would provide tax credits for Kentucky taxpayers who donate to a qualified scholarship-granting organization in Kentucky, such as the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF), said Andrew Vandiver, associate director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky (CCK). The CCK represents the concerns of Kentucky’s four bishops on matters of public policy.

The tax credit program would allow “more Kentucky families, including those with developmentally disabled children,” to “receive scholarships to defray the costs of the education of their choice,” a press release from EdChoice KY said.

Financial analysis of the plan shows that the program would have a neutral to positive impact on the state budget, the release said.

Individuals may call or email their state representative and senator. To find your local representative or senator visit lrc.ky.gov and click on “Who’s My Legislator.” To find the email of your legislator, visit http://www.lrc.ky.gov/whoswho/email.htm. Individuals may also visit https://www.votervoice.net/mobile/CCKY/Home
Respond, to send a message to your representatives.

If you already know your legislator, call the legislative hotline at 800-372-7181 and leave a message with your representative or senator.

If adopted, the legislation will establish a non-refundable tax credit for individuals and businesses making contributions to qualified scholarship granting organizations (SGO) in Kentucky. SGOs across Kentucky will distribute the scholarship money to students who demonstrate financial need, the release said.

The CCK also encourages parents, educators, students and elected officials to join them in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 25 for the Kentucky School Choice Week Rally.

The rally will convene at the capitol complex at 10 a.m.

Attendees are also encouraged to take a tour of the capitol, visit legislative offices and learn about how to get involved.

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