Tax proposal for Nebraska private school scholarships stalls

Published: May. 13, 2019 at 6:19 PM CDT
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A bill that would offer Nebraska state tax credits to donors who provide money for private school scholarships has hit a major wave of resistance in the Legislature.

Lawmakers passed over the measure Monday without reaching a vote, and the sponsor acknowledged it won't come up again until next year.

Senators have rejected similar measures in the past, even though most states already subsidize private or charter schools.

Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, of Omaha, says she introduced the bill to help low-income families who otherwise can't afford private schools. Opponents say it would rob the state of revenue necessary to fund K-12 public schools and other state services. They also argue it's a backdoor was to use state money for private schools, in violation of the Nebraska Constitution.

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