Take Action Now to Urge Your Maryland State Senator to Vote YES for Scholarship-Building Tax Credit
The BOAST Maryland Tax Credit, which could potentially generate thousands of dollars in scholarship money for private school students, passed the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee last week by a vote of 10 to 5. The Orthodox Union was on hand in Annapolis to advocate for BOAST passage last week and submitted testimony in support of the tax credit. The tax credit will come before the full Senate in the next several days and YOUR help is needed to push it to passage.
In other states, these programs have raised millions of dollars for yeshivas and day schools: In Rhode Island, with under 100 students, they’ve raised over $700,000 in two years. Over $12 million in scholarships has been distributed in Pennsylvania to almost 5,000 students. In Arizona, scholarships totaling nearly $9 million were awarded to private school students.
BOAST would grant businesses a state income tax credit in exchange for their donations to scholarship programs for nonpublic school students or enrichment programs for public school students. Donations can also be used to provide continuing education grants to public and nonpublic school teachers.
Remember, the 127,000 students in Maryland’s nonpublic schools save state taxpayers more than $1.5 billion annually in public school costs.
Call your state senator now and urge them to vote YES on BOAST.
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