NEW YORK (Jan. 14)
A nationwide campaign to mobilize Orthodox Jews throughout the country for the second round in the efforts to pass legislation granting federal income tax credits to non-public school parents has been launched by the Commission on Legislation and Civic Action of Agudath Israel of America, it was announced by Rabbi Moshe Sherer, executive president.
This effort to push through the bill granting $200 tax credits for each non-public school student, which is estimated to benefit Yeshiva parents with $15 million annually, will be spearheaded by the state coordinators of Agudath Israel’s Legislative Commission, commission chairman Rabbi Menachem Shayovich declared.
The tax credit bill for non-public school parents was approved by the House Ways and Means Committee, by an 18-7 majority, too late in last year’s session to come for a vote before the House and the Senate. Encouraged by commitments from President Nixon and Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders, the non-public school advocates, united in the CREDIT (Citizens Relief for Education by Income Tax) coalition, are determined to win passage of this bill in the early months of the new session.
Rabbi Sherer, the national chairman of the CREDIT coalition, will address a series of regional conferences organized by CREDIT to devise strategy for this campaign. The conferences will be in Miami, Jan. 25; San Francisco, Feb. 5; Denver, Feb. 8; Chicago, Feb. 12; Dallas, Feb. 15; and New York, Feb. 26.