Groups Lobby to Keep School Tax Credits

By Eric Berger

June 18, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A single mother of three, Deborah Robinson had already made plenty of sacrifices that dwarfed riding two hours from Merion to the state capital to lobby legislators about the importance of state tax credit programs to Jewish day school students.

She was among about 300 people who traveled there via school and charter buses on June 11 from Jewish communities around the state.

The group was motivated by the fear that as lawmakers and the governor wrestle with how to close an estimated $1 billion to $2 billion budget gap for the next fiscal year, they would be tempted to put the $100 million Educational Improvement Tax Credit and $50 million Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit on the chopping block.

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