With all of this talk about eminent domain and higher education, and other items topping the Missouri General Assembly's list for the 2006 session, it appears that Governor Matt Blunt is opening the door for educational vouchers.
KSDK-TV in St. Louis just posted an article on its website that says the governor is supporting an education tax credit and scholarship plan for low-income students. The program would call for tax credits to be provided to businesses or individuals who donate to the scholarship fund. Students would then be allowed to attend the school of their choice...whether that school is public or private.
This move should surprise no one, considering the amount of money that pro-voucher groups have been contributing to Missouri politicians, some of whom have been placed in key roles on the House and Senate education committees.
An Associated Press article on the subject quotes the governor as saying, "This is not a voucher, or a tuition tax credit. It's a tax credit to contributors to the scholarship fund."