Emrick Endorses Education Tax Credit Legislation
1/22/2013
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) is co-sponsoring legislation which would allow career and technical schools to be directly eligible for Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) programs in the same manner as other public schools. House Bill 91 may now be considered by the full House following passage today by the House Education Committee, of which Emrick is a member.

“The EITC program is a ‘win’ for the students who benefit from better educational opportunities, the communities in which those students live and to which they often give back, and the businesses that can visualize the value of such an investment,” Emrick said. “Expanding it to make more students eligible simply means more winners.”

Career and technical schools currently receive EITC donations through a statewide association. House Bill 91 amends the Tax Reform Code so these schools may directly benefit from the program.

“The role and scope of our career and technical schools has expanded over the years,” added Emrick. “They are preparing students for both a sustainable career and a college education, as opposed to years past when they were essentially only trade schools.”

The EITC program allows businesses to contribute to education and receive a tax credit of up to 90 percent of its total state tax liability. In many cases the actual total out-of-pocket expense to a company is zero after the tax deductions come off in addition to the credit.

Questions about this or any other legislative topic may be directed to Emrick by email at Jemrick@pahousegop.com, through his website at www.RepEmrick.com, or through his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/repemrick.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Scott Little
717.260.6137
slittle@pahousegop.com
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