For the first time ever, students can attend an Oklahoma private school part-time yet have most or all of the tuition paid by scholarships funded through a state tax-credit program.The scholarship program, promoted by school-choice advocates, is typically used to subsidize tuition costs for full-time students at private schools.But The Academy for Classical Christian Studies, with three schools in the Oklahoma City area, has added a twist to the program: Its students can use the scholarships to attend school only two or three days a week, depending on their grade, while being home-schooled the other days. Under state law, these students are considered home-schoolers.But the part-time option raises questions about the intent of state law. Should a part-time student qualify for the same amount of tax-credit scholarship dollars as a full-time student? And could those students enroll in a publicly funded online charter school for their home-schooled days?The implications are potentially … [Read more...] about Oklahoma Watch: Home-schoolers get tax-credit funds to attend private school part-time
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Public safety employees and volunteer firefighters in Baltimore County would get annual property tax credits under a proposal being considered by the County Council.A bill introduced this week by Republican Wade Kach of Cockeysville would apply to police officers, emergency medical technicians, sheriff’s deputies, correctional officers and both professional and volunteer firefighters who live in the county.They would get up to a $1,500 discount next year on property taxes, up to $2,000 in 2020 and up to $2,500 in 2021.Kach said the county should pass the legislation to stay competitive with others in the Baltimore area.In 2017, state lawmakers passed a bill to allow local governments to offer the credits, and jurisdictions including Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County have done so.“We have an excellent police force [and] fire department,” Kach said. “Our volunteers do a tremendous service for our communities …I don’t want to see Baltimore County … [Read more...] about Should Baltimore County police, firefighters and other public safety workers get a property tax break?
A coalition of 15 Minnesota farm organizations called on Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to approve property tax credits for farmland that is taken out of production to meet the requirements of the state's buffer law. A strongly worded letter sent Wednesday spelled out that farmers have done their part to comply with the 2015 law, and that they are "highly frustrated with the lack of action" to compensate them for converting valuable cropland to protect waterways. "Let us be absolutely clear," the letter said. "Anything other than final passage of the buffer property tax credit this year with your signature will be considered a failure and this WILL be a major issue in the elections this fall." The letter was addressed to Dayton and copied to House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Minority Leader Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and to Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, and Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook. It was signed by the Minnesota Corn Growers … [Read more...] about Farmers urge Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to provide tax credits for buffer property
LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts sat down with The World-Herald last week to talk about the 2018 legislative session and take a look at the road ahead. Here are the highlights of the discussion.Q. Give me your overall assessment of this legislative session. Some folks said it was disappointing and even dysfunctional.A. I think we need to remember it was a short session and there was quite a bit we accomplished. Obviously, the budget was key because we have to live within our means ... and we have balanced the budget without raising taxes. ... We are still investing in important areas and priorities like child welfare, corrections, people with developmental disabilities and so forth. Of course, we also got the Title X language in there (which bars federal family planning money from going to agencies that perform or refer women for abortions). So that was a major accomplishment to close that $200 million gap and get us back into balance without raising taxes.... We had a number of … [Read more...] about Q&A with Pete Ricketts: Governor talks property taxes, 2018 legislative session and more
LINCOLN — Signature-gathering has started on a petition seeking to provide some $1.1 billion worth of savings to Nebraska property tax payers.The Yes to Property Tax Relief drive must collect nearly 85,000 valid signatures from registered voters by July 5 to get the proposal on the November ballot.“We’re launching and ready to go,” Trent Fellers, spokesman for the committee, said Monday. Opponents also are ready. Gov. Pete Ricketts and business groups have criticized the property tax proposal, saying it would raise taxes to cut taxes.Others have warned that it could force “devastating” cuts in needed government services.The petition proposal would give income tax credits to Nebraska property owners equal to 50 percent of the school property taxes they pay. The credits would amount to about $1.1 billion annually statewide, or 30 percent of the total property tax bill.The credits would be refundable, meaning that people would get a check for the amount … [Read more...] about Petition drive to let Nebraskans vote on $1.1 billion in property tax savings collects 1st signatures