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GOP lawmaker wants cap on private school tax credits

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An effort by some Republicans at the Arizona Legislature to roll back an annual 20 percent boost in the amount of corporate tax credits available for contributions to private school tuition organizations has returned again this session.

Apache Junction Rep. Doug Coleman says his legislation would start anew the conversation that sidetracked a similar effort last year.

He says the credits are threatening regular and charter school funding.

Republican Sen. Steve Yarbrough opposes the rollback and says the scholarships save the state money because they’re much lower than what it pays public schools.

Yarbrough runs the Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization.

Coleman’s proposal would cut the annual increase from 20 percent to 2 percent or the amount of inflation and trim the amount tuition organizations could keep for administrative costs.

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