Talk about a win-win situation for Pennsylvania. Businesses can get a credit of up to 90 percent on certain state taxes by making a contribution to a scholarship organization, and parents who desperately need help paying tuition for nonpublic education can get scholarship aid. It’s all the result of a state program called the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC).
The program is so popular that companies exhaust the credits weeks after they’re made available. And there is no shortage of parents of Catholic school students ready to benefit from the scholarships.
Despite the logic and effectiveness of this school-choice program, funding for it remains in jeopardy. The push is on for state legislators to restore funding to $75 million. They should hear their constituents’ gratitude for increasing family eligibility requirements up to $60,000 per year, but especially strong encouragement to make a better funded EITC program a priority in next year’s budget.