Action Needed Now: ask Governor O’Malley to Continue Leadership on BOAST Education Tax Credit

April 08, 2010

The following alert is from the Maryland Catholic Conference:

Bill benefiting Catholic school students and teachers needs immediate vote

Only 4 days are left in the Maryland legislative session and your help is urgently needed to give the BOAST Maryland Tax Credit the push it needs to become law. BOAST would help increase scholarships for Catholic school students and grants for Catholic school teachers. Learn more about BOAST here.

BOAST (SB 385/HB 946) has been passed by the state Senate, endorsed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, and has 75 House co-sponsors. However, BOAST has been held up in the House Ways and Means Committee. The chairwoman, Del. Sheila Hixson (Dist. 20), and subcommittee chairwoman, Del. Anne Kaiser (Dist. 14), have not brought the bill to a vote, despite the overwhelming support it has and despite the few days remaining in session.

At this critical juncture, we need strong leadership from the Governor to help move the bill forward. Please click here to contact Gov. O’Malley and ask him to urge Del. Hixson, Del. Kaiser, and House Speaker Michael Busch to bring BOAST to a vote immediately.

The legislative session ends Monday, April 12. A committee vote is needed as soon as possible or Catholic school students and teachers could lose BOAST’s benefits for another year. It is vitally important for everyone to contact the governor now, particularly if you live in Montgomery or Prince George’s counties, and ask your family and friends to do the same. Thank you for your support!

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