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Tue., March 26, 2013, 3:23 p.m.

Committee KOs Nonini Tax Credit Bill

A bill to grant $10 million in tax credits to support scholarships in private schools was killed by an Idaho senate committee today. Coeur d’Alene GOP Sen. Bob Nonini pushed the bill as a way for the state to save millions of dollars, because he predicted that hundreds of students would leave public schools and transfer to private schools. “There’s a projected savings overall of $5.8 million” a year, Nonini told the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee, between his estimates of savings to the state and to local school districts. Others said the public schools wouldn’t save any money if only one or two students left each class. Opponents also noted the Idaho Constitution’s requirement that the Legislature fund public schools and its strict ban on any funding for religious schools/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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