In a post of suggested new year’s resolutions for JB and the legislature, I included the governors campaign pledge to get rid of the private school tax credit.
The credit allows donors to deduct 75 cents from state income tax payments for every dollar they contribute, up to $1.3 million per tax return filer.
The tax credit was slipped into the state’s budget compromise at the urging of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s Catholic Cardinal Blase Cupich.
Cupich saw the tax credit as a way bypassing constitutional constraints on public funding of religious schools.
He swore that once he was elected he would immediately move for legislative repeal of the tax credit.
Illinois Education Association (the state’s largest teacher union) President Kathi Griffin is on JB’s education transition team.
Crain’s describes her as being “mum” on the issue.
IEA President Kathi Griffin, who co-chairs Pritzker’s education transition committee, is mum on whether repeal has been discussed or will be a priority. “It’s not good for public education,” she says of the program. “As for me predicting what the General Assembly is going to do, I gave up on that years ago.”
I’m afraid that Griffin and the IEA leadership have given up on way more than that years ago.
And as for JB, he hasn’t even been sworn in yet.