Bishop says tax credit would aid schools

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – During Wednesday’s new conference where the Buffalo Diocese announced it is closing 10 elementary schools, Bishop Richard Malone was highly critical of the State Legislature for its failure to approve the education investment tax credit bill.

“Our Catholic school families support public schools in the taxes they pay and the millions of dollars in savings that accrues to New York State by these families educating their children in our Catholic schools. These families deserve help from their representatives in Albany and the scholarship tax credit bill is the way to do that,” he said.

The proposed tax bill is a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit for any person or business that makes a donation to public or private schools. Clarence Assemblywoman Jane Corwin co-sponsored the bill.

“I can’t speak to the finances of Catholic schools. [However] I believe very much so that making it available to families to make a donation, that it would open another revenue source to schools,” she said.

Buffalo Senator Mark Grisanti also co-sponsored the bill, and he says he has repeatedly pushed for it to become law.

“It’ll help keep schools open, it’ll help pull schools that are doing strong, those schools that get a lot of donations keep ahead in technology, so there are various areas,” he said.

The bill passed the State Senate in 2011 and 2012, but could not make it past the Assembly. Senator Grisanti says he is working to get the tax credits passed by adding it to the 2014 budget.

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