Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor
Last week I told you about the success of my bipartisan Commitment to Military Education Act. The bill’s bipartisan support put pressure on Congress to act and restore promised tuition assistance funding for our troops.
Another important bipartisan bill is moving through the Assembly, the Education Investment Tax Credit Bill (Bill # A.1826), and it’s a bill that all New Yorkers can get behind.
When I arrived in Albany in January I reached out to the bill’s author, Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid Island), about cosponsoring the legislation. The Education Investment Tax Credit became one of the first bills I signed on to cosponsor. It is a powerful proposal, offering kids across New York a chance at a better education. With 90 cosponsors across party lines, it’s another bipartisan initiative I’m proud to support.
The bill would offer dollar-for-dollar tax credits for donations to public schools or scholarship funds for private schools. That means increased choices for parents with more affordable private schools and more funds for public schools squeezed by the state’s financial crisis. Individuals and corporations are eligible for the tax credits. With the tax credits, donations are sure to swell. This has the chance to be a boon for New York students.
We have an opportunity to boost public and private schools together. Public schools are struggling through this economy. The donations will help fund public school programs facing budget cuts. While, at the same time, parents will be empowered with new choices as private schools become more affordable.
More private school scholarships will give new opportunities to kids struggling in failing inner-city schools. Albany has failed these students for too long. We can change that with this bill.
I’m hopeful that the Assembly will do the right thing and pass this legislation. In the past, the bill has passed the Senate, but stalled in the Assembly, despite its strong bipartisan support. I’m going to work hard to help the bill pass the Assembly this year. You can help too, by talking with your family and friends about the bill. You can visit my Facebook page and share my post on the bill. Please forward this email too.
Grassroots support can go a long way to helping pass a bill. Two weeks ago, 10,000 teachers, parents, and students rallied in Buffalo to support the bill. That’s a powerful message to the Assembly’s leadership. This bill is right for New York’s students and I need you to add your voice and spread the word.
### Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and founder of the Dutchess County based consulting firm KML Strategies, LLC. Lalor is the founder of Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..