In historic vote, school choice proposal wins final approval in Missouri House

In historic vote, school choice proposal wins final approval in Missouri House
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The measure’s passage was met by applause from proponents.

The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Phil Christofanelli, R-St. Peters, establishes the “Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program.”

It would allow certain nonprofits to raise funds to provide scholarships to students. Those contributing would be eligible to receive a tax credit.

The proposal could mean $50 million less in tax collections per year once people claim the credit, according to a state analysis, causing opponents to worry the program would harm the state’s ability to fund other priorities while money flows to private entities.

Rep. LaKeySha Bosley, D-St. Louis, successfully amended the measure Wednesday to tie the program’s creation to the state appropriating more money to school transportation costs. 



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