At a time when Georgia’s public education budget is an increasingly hot topic, it’s alarming to some that a Tax Credit Scholarship expansion bill that would divert $30 million more in revenue is making its way through the General Assembly.
House Bill 140 is an extension of the Tax Credit Scholarship Program that allows Georgians to take a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for a donation to a Student Scholarship Organization. The SSOs distribute the donations to eligible private schools as student scholarships.
The measure, sponsored by state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, is awaiting a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee.
In a report released by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, senior policy analyst Claire Suggs wrote that the bill “would expand Georgia’s private school scholarship tax credit program from $50 million to $80 million, diverting an additional $30 million in potential state revenue from the general fund.”