Arizona’s tuition tax credit for private schools debated by US Supreme Court

51st-15-sm72by Pamela Powers Hannley

I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of the constant, absurd, expensive court battles between our boneheaded state government and the feds.

How many MILLIONS of dollars have Governor Jan Brewer and her clown posse in the Arizona Legislature wasted on Quixotic court battles over right-wing ideology?

This week the US Supreme Court will waste more of its valuable time on an obviously flawed and discriminatory Arizona law that gives rich people tax credits when they donate to private schools– to help rich kids and their rich buddies who own the private schools. (Seriously, the Governor and the Legislature won't be satisfied until all of the guv'mint schools are closed and the buildings sold to their business buddies for pennies.)

From the Arizona Republic

WASHINGTON – The legal challenge to Arizona's private-school tax-credit program went before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, and justices confronted attorneys on both sides about whether it violates separation of church and state.

In hourlong arguments in the nationally watched case, justices focused heavily on the structure of the tax-credit program, which allows taxpayers to donate up to $1,000 to non-profit organizations that distribute the money as private-school scholarships. Taxpayers then can take a dollar-for-dollar credit off their state income taxes.

Justices focused on whether donations are, in effect, directly steering government money to religious schools, as the challengers argue, or are a taxpayer charity that goes to private-school students, as supporters contend. [More here.]

Given this recent finding against school vouchers, it will be interesting to see how the Arizona case shakes out.

0 responses to “Arizona’s tuition tax credit for private schools debated by US Supreme Court

  1. “This week the US Supreme Court will waste more of its valuable time on an obviously flawed and discriminatory Arizona law that gives rich people tax credits when they donate to private schools”

    If it is “obviously flawed” then the US Supreme Court then the court will decide against it. Having the court act on this issue will be valuable so that all people can read for themselves the positive points and negative points of this law.

    What is the actual title of the case being covered?