One of our responsibilities as disciples is to bring work towards a world that more closely resembles the Kingdom of God. We do this in many ways, and among the most important is actively participating in the democratic political process. We encourage all of our parishioners to be informed and faithful citizens and voice their values through correspondence with their representatives and through the ballot box. We will share information and issues impacted by our faith that are before our legislators to assist you.
Current Call to Action - Maryland Education Credit (via the Maryland Catholic Conference)
We're grateful to all of you who continue to pledge just a few minutes of your time this legislative session to urge our state legislature to pass the Maryland Education Credit. We're pleased to inform you that the effort to pass this legislation has taken an exciting new direction!
This year, the legislature will consider several different forms of this proposal, which will aid nonpublic school students and families with tuition assistance, and public schools and students with expanded and enhanced curriculum options. Education champion Sen. Ed DeGrange will continue to sponsor the bill in the Maryland Senate while Baltimore City's Delegate Antonio Hayes has taken the reins as the bill's lead House sponsor.
In addition to those two Democratic sponsors, Gov. Larry Hogan has filed his version of the Maryland Education Credit bill in the House of Delegates. Gov. Hogan has also included an additional option, in the form of a business grant program akin to the Tax Credit legislation, within the state budget. We're encouraging everyone from both sides of the aisle to support each of these bipartisan, commonsense proposals!
Take Action: Please take action immediately to members of the House and urge your delegates to sign on as co-sponsors of the Maryland Education Credit!
The Maryland Education Credit would provide businesses a 60 percent tax credit on their donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations that provide financial assistance for lower- and middle-income families with children in both public and nonpublic schools. On the public school side, the incentivized business donations would fund services to expand and enhance education curriculum through innovative programs at public schools, such as STEM programs, ESL programs, vocational training, mentoring and tutoring or prekindergarten accessibility. Additionally, educational options would be greatly expanded through the provision of tuition assistance for both existing and prospective nonpublic school students.
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