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New bill for $10 million in tax credits aimed at encouraging Idaho students to switch to private schools

The House Revenue & Taxation Committee voted this morning to introduce a new version of last year’s failed legislation to provide a $10 million tax credit for scholarships to entice Idaho students to switch to private schools. Rep. John Vander Woude, R-Meridian, who introduced this year’s bill, said it has “some minor changes” from the bill that passed the House but died in the Senate last year. Vander Woude, like Sen. Bob Nonini last year, contended the bill would save the state money. “For every dollar that the state gives up, it saves a dollar,” he said, by not having to pay to educate that child in public schools. The committee’s vote to introduce the bill clears the way for a possible full hearing.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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