Dec 2009

House Committee Makes Recommendations on Scholarship Program

http://www.ctso-tucson.org/ or the Catholic Tuition Organization of the Diocese of Phoenix http://www.catholictuition.org/ and make your dollar for dollar tax credit contribution today.
 
Thank you!
On Thursday, a special House committee agreed to 22 recommendations designed to increase accountability and transparency, while also increasing savings to the state.
 
It should be noted that the vast majority of the proposals were unanimously agreed to by all legislative members on the panel and that an entire package of recommendations were approved on a bipartisan vote of 4-1.
 
Among the most meaningful recommendations adopted was a proposal to expressly prohibit donations for specific students that involve swaps between taxpayers.  Additionally, school tuition organizations would also face new requirements relating to auditing, certification, the consideration of financial need when granting scholarships, and reporting the amount of scholarships provided to children in need.
 
The House committee also recognized that tuition tax credits are saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year by keeping students in private schools.  Accordingly, the final package of adopted recommendations included a suggestion to increase the current tax credit limits of $500 for individuals and $1,000 for married couples to $750 and $1,500.
 
The Arizona Catholic Conference looks forward to continuing to work with legislators and others to make a great program even better during the next legislative session. 
 
In the meantime, please remember to make your tuition tax credit contributions if you have not already done so.
 
On behalf of the many needy children struggling to stay in the school of their choice, I strongly encourage you to visit the websites for either the Catholic Tuition Support Organization (Diocese of Tucson)

Latest Newsletter from Kentucky

http://www.ccky.org/Newsletters/2009%20Newsletters/volume9number3Fall.pdf

The current issue of Lansing Update

The current issue of Lansing Update has been posted to the Michigan Catholic Conference Web site at:

http://www.micatholicconference.org/public_policy/publications/lansing_update/

1.  Workplace Smoking Ban to Go in Effect May 2010

2.  Church to Continue Pursuit of Health Care Reform Legislation

3.  Catholic Conference Urges Support for Statewide Public Defender System

4.  Education Reforms Fly as Legislature Focuses on Federal Race to the Top Funding  

Protect the Earned Income Tax Credit for the Poor, Says MCC

The Detroit News’ Faith and Policy column, Michigan Catholic Conference Vice President for Public Policy Paul A. Long calls for the Legislature to abandon efforts to halt or scale back the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, which was signed into law in 2006 with broad bipartisan support. The Conference has long supported the tax credit due to the benefits it provides the working poor of the state. View document…
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