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Republicans move expanded ed tax credits through state House

May 7, 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in the Pennsylvania House are moving a proposal ahead to expand a private school tax credit program.

Representatives voted 111 to 85 Tuesday to nearly double the Educational Improvement Tax Credit, increasing it by $100 million.

The bill also includes an automatic 10 percent increase, if all available credits are used in a given year.

All Republicans and four Democrats voted for it, advancing the proposal to the Senate.

The 18-year-old tax credit program reimburses corporations for donating to groups that offer private school scholarships to low- and middle-income families.

The bill would expand eligibility limits from families that make $85,000 to families with income of $95,000.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he’s hesitant to boost business tax credits at the expense of education funding that goes into classrooms.