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School choice backers in Kentucky tout scholarship tax credit proposal

Posted at 9:00 AM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 09:00:53-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — School choice supporters in Kentucky are urging state lawmakers to support a tax credit program aimed at boosting private school scholarships.

House Majority Floor Leader John "Bam" Carney said Thursday that the proposal will be introduced when lawmakers reconvene in early February to resume this year's legislative session. Similar bills calling for a scholarship tax credit program died in previous years.

School choice supporters rallied in the cold outside the statehouse on Thursday.

The proposal would allow individuals and businesses to receive tax credits for donations to scholarship-granting organizations that provide assistance to low- and middle-income students.

Carney, a Republican from Campbellsville, says the scholarships help students find the education that best fits their needs.

Others speaking at the rally included State Treasurer Allison Ball and state Sen. Ralph Alvarado.