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2021 House Bill 5404: Authorize school choice tax credit and K-12 scholarships
Introduced by Rep. Bryan Posthumus (R) on October 14, 2021
To authorize individual and business income tax credits equal to the amount a person contributes to a school choice scholarship granting organization authorized by Senate Bill 687. The bill authorizes up to $500 million in annual credits, which would increase over time based on demand according to a specified formula. Credits exceeding a contributor’s annual tax liability would not be refunded but could be “carried forward” and used against up to five years of future state tax liability.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on October 14, 2021
Reported in the Senate on October 19, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To authorize a K-12 “student opportunity scholarship program” that would allow individuals and businesses to get a tax credit for contributing to a nonprofit “scholarship organization” that would provide grants to lower income families to pay tuition at a non-pubic school, or pay for other education expenses, services and supplies. Beneficiaries would get individual accounts from which families could draw money for permitted expenses. See also House Bill 5405.
Received in the Senate on October 21, 2021
Referred to the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee on October 21, 2021
Vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on November 5, 2021
Received in the House on November 9, 2021
Referred to the House Education Committee on November 9, 2021

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