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By Jennifer Palmer
Oklahoma Watch 

Should state allow tax-credit donations to public schools?


March 17, 2017

Since 2013, Oklahoma taxpayers have been allowed to take a state income-tax credit in exchange for donations made to private schools. Now, a state lawmaker and others are wondering: Why not offer tax credits for donations to public schools?

That, in fact, is what one legislator proposed this year and a House subcommittee unanimously supported, although the bill has since gone dormant. The concept is already in place in a handful of other states, and Oklahoma already offers a little-known tax credit for donations to certain programs in public schools.

“From my district’s standpoint, the...

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