Friday, March 31, 2006
Wilson opposes HB1783
Rep. Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho, has told Neosho, East Newton, Seneca, Westview and McDonald County school officials he opposes HB1783, the tuition tax credit proposal, which many opponents see as an attempt to open the door for educational vouchers.
The stance puts him at odds with some of his area colleagues. The bill, sponsored by Carl Bearden, R-St. Charles, is co-sponsored by several Republican representatives, including Speaker of the House Rod Jetton, Steve Hunter, R-Joplin, Ron Richard, R-Joplin, Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, and Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City.
In an e-mail sent Wednesday, Wilson wrote:
"I have received several emails and inquiries regarding my stance on HB 1783 (tuition tax credits). Please let all your staff know that I am steadfastly opposed to this legislation. Last year it was my privilege to serve on the Special Committee on Education Funding which as you know was tasked with rewriting the foundation formula. The results of that work will bring millions of dollars each year into the school districts in Newton and McDonald counties. I have worked hard on behalf of public schools and will oppose efforts such as this which could ultimately take away needed resources from our kids."
For more information on the bill and the special interests backing it, check the following link.