Texas Public Policy Foundation’s David Guenthner Says This Is A Major Week For School Choice In Texas [AUDIO]
On the Tuesday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, David Guenthner from the Texas Public Policy Foundation talked with Chad Hasty about the latest coming out of the Texas legislative session.
Today is a big day for school choice in the legislature. The legislature is set to vote on whether or not to allow scholarship tax credits for businesses, in which businesses who donate to organizations can receive a credit against some of their taxes. However, Guenthner pointed out that the businesses themselves didn't seem too concerned about the proposal, at least for now, and that the real argument is between those that are for school choice, and those who are against.
Guenthner also discussed last week's school voucher vote, in which the legislature voted on an amendment that would prohibit certain funding for scholarship tax credits and school vouchers. Guenthner explained that it was more of a "symbolic" vote, and that it wouldn't have as great of a bearing on school choice as many people originally thought.
"If you look at how the amendment is written, it would actually not preclude any of the major bills from moving forward...the key to that amendment is how they wrote it. It deals with appropriated funds to the Texas Education Agency and that those could not be used for tax credit scholarships or for vouchers. And none of the bills appropriate funds to the Texas Education Agency for that purpose, so they can all move forward."
Throughout the Texas legislative session, you can listen to David Guenthner Tuesdays at 9:05 during The Chad Hasty Show on NewsTalk 790 KFYO. For more information on the Texas Public Policy Foundation, visit their website at texaspolicy.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter @TPPF.