Defending a Tax Credit for Education

In the beginning of April, I wrote a column in the New York Post, of my disappointment of the Education Investment Tax Credit not being included in the state budget. My thanks to Michael Goodwin for his column on the tax credit in this Sunday’s New York Post.


Here is an excerpt:

A prime example is the mystery of how a popular plan for an education tax credit failed. It would have ­reduced taxes for donors who give money to nonprofit educational funds.

Supporters ranged from Cardinal Dolan and other Catholic leaders to Orthodox rabbis and other Jewish groups. They joined forces over the high cost of parochial education, a cost that penalizes families who pay taxes for public schools and also private tuition for their children.

The double cost is a killer, with as many as 200 Catholic schools closing across the state in the last 15 years because parents cannot afford tuition.

Anticipating opposition from unions, the plan also would cover contributions to public schools.

The well-crafted idea, already succeeding in other states, enjoyed the support of Gov. Cuomo and, publicly at least, a majority of both parties in both houses. And then it died in the back room, leading Dolan, among others, to feel betrayed.

You can read the full article here.

One Response to “Defending a Tax Credit for Education”

  1. DottieDay says:

    Funny how the fog clears when you follow the money. Closing religious schools will mean more students for the union-run education camps, er, public schools. Has this always been the case? No. But it is true now. And it doesn’t look like the State is interested in helping Catholics out. Why should they? They get the Catholic vote no matter what they do to us.

    You get who you vote for. Catholics in NY live by their grandfather’s idea of the Democrat party: the party of the little guy and all that. The Church thinks remaining silent is neutrality. So we have no idea who these politicians are in terms of what is most important to our earthly and eternal lives. With each election our Catholic voice diminishes. And we, the Catholic Church, are silent, fearful to criticize power.

    I plead with you, your Eminence, as our shepherd, not to remain quiet. A good photo taken with Rob Astorino in every issue of Catholic NY from now to November will send a big message — one that is worth a thousand words. When was the last time we had a pro-Catholic candidate? We are at now-or-never time. Otherwise we will surely go from disappointment to utter doom, God help us.