Senate committee advances bill to increase tax credit caps for scholarship funds

BY: - January 19, 2022

Opponents argue the legislation will hurt public schools and lead to higher taxes. Democrats on the committee opposed it.

‘More options and opportunities’: At Harrisburg Catholic school, DeVos pushes $5 billion program for private, religious school scholarships

BY: - September 19, 2019

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai toured Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School, a stone’s throw from the Capitol building, before plugging a plan to get students out of the troubled city school district and into private schools.


Six states expanded their EITCs in 2019 (No, not that one, Pennsylvania) | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 15, 2019

You keep using that word. We do not think it means what you think it means.

Read all of the Capital-Star’s budget week coverage in one place

BY: - June 29, 2019

With the final votes out of the way, and the ink from Gov. Tom Wolf’s pen drying on the finished documents, another Pennsylvania budget season is in the books. And since it’s the Capital-Star’s first-ever budget season, we thought it would be useful to have all our coverage from this very busy week in one […]


Pa.’s public schools need our help. Gov. Tom Wolf was right to veto private school tax credit bill | Opinion

BY: - June 20, 2019

By Susan Spicka It’s budget season in Harrisburg. At a time of year when we should be talking about funding to meet public schools’ needs, instead we’ve been hearing more about massive giveaways of taxpayer dollars to well-off families who send their children to private schools. The Pennsylvania House and Senate passed legislation sponsored by […]

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to expand tax credits for private, parochial school scholarships

BY: - June 18, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would nearly double the size of a tax credit program for private and parochial school scholarships. Wolf told the Capital-Star last week he planned to veto the bill, introduced by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny. “Education is the cornerstone of democracy, and it is my job […]

Who gets Pennsylvania’s educational tax credits, and who gets money? Search the EITC data yourself.

BY: - June 16, 2019

Every year, businesses clamor to claim Pennsylvania’s educational tax credits, which allow them to lower their tax bills by donating to private school scholarship funds, pre-K programs, and other educational enrichment initiatives. We explained how the EITC program works earlier this week. Using data from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, we were […]


Pa. needs more money for public schools. Not tax credits for private schools | Opinion

BY: - June 15, 2019

Thank you, Gov. Tom Wolf, for your veto of a bad bill.

EITC, explained: How Pennsylvania’s educational tax credits are used, who benefits, and more

BY: - June 14, 2019

Here’s a look at how the program works and who stands to benefit from it.

Wolf says he will veto bill to expand tax credits for private, religious school scholarships

BY: and - June 12, 2019

Currently, there is not enough support in either chamber to override a veto from Wolf. 

Bill that nearly doubles size of tax credit program for private school scholarships heading to Wolf’s desk

BY: - June 11, 2019

Wolf, a Democrat, has not said whether or not he will veto the expansion, which was sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny.