Tax Credits for Religious Schools in Ore.

Friday, February 22, 2013

An Oregon lawmaker wants to ask voters to allow tax credits to pay for tuition at private and religious schools.

The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to take up the idea today, although it’s a longshot in the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

Boosting access to private schools would create more options for parents and improve schools by increasing competition, said Republican Sen. Betsy Close, of Albany. She wants to let individuals and corporations earn a dollar-for-dollar credit against their taxes for contributions to pay for educational expenses, including private-school tuition.

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