The Orthodox Union (Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization is disappointed that the BOAST education tax credit failed to pass the Maryland General Assembly this year. Though it passed the Senate in a 30-17 vote and had the public support of Governor O’Malley, who penned a letter urging its passage, the House Ways & Means Committee voted down the bill in a 14-7 vote late last night.
BOAST was modeled on successful tax credit programs in other states: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island that raise tens of millions of dollars annually for both public and nonpublic schools. It was supported by a wide ranging alliance, including the Maryland Catholic Conference, prominent business leaders and the entire Orthodox Jewish community.
Howie Beigelman, Deputy Director of Public Policy stated:
“We would have liked to see BOAST get an up or down vote in the full House. This is a sad day for overburdened parents and families, for struggling schools and for the taxpayers of Maryland.”