|Posted:||January 24, 2017 10:42 AM|
|From:||Representative Jim Christiana|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Increased Investments in EITC and OSTC Programs (Formally HB 752)|
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation that will increase the amount of available tax credits for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program by $70 million, and the amount of available tax credits for the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program by $30 million. Last session, the House passed HB 752 by a vote of 166-26.
The EITC program provides tax credits to businesses which make contributions to scholarship organizations (SOs) offering scholarships to children in Kindergarten through grade 12, educational improvement organizations (EIOs) providing funding for innovative educational programs in public schools, and pre-kindergarten scholarship organizations (PKSOs) offering scholarships to children enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs. The amount of available tax credits for the EITC program is currently set at $125 million, with $75 million allocated to SOs, $37.5 million allocated to EIOs and $12.5 million allocated to PKSOs.
The OSTC program, which was established in 2012 based on the model of the EITC program, provides tax credits to businesses which make contributions to opportunity scholarship organizations (OSOs) offering scholarships to children in Kindergarten through grade 12 who reside within the attendance boundaries of “low-achieving schools” (those schools in the lowest 15% of their designation as an elementary or secondary school). This program also directs scholarships towards low income families by requiring OSOs to give preference to applicants whose household income is within 185% of the Federal poverty level. The amount of available tax credits for the OSTC program is currently set at $50 million.
Both the EITC and OSTC programs are very successful programs that have given thousands of Pennsylvania children school choice and the opportunity to participate in innovative educational programs. By expanding the EITC and OSTC programs, my bill will allow even more children to benefit.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Introduced as HB237