The Show-Me Institute, a St. Louis-based research and educational institute, has released a study on the fiscal effects of a tuition tax credit program in Missouri . The study finds such a program would benefit the state by providing low-income families with additional education choices.
Justin Hauke, Show-Me Institute policy analyst and co-author of the study, says Missourians would be encouraged to earn tax breaks by contributing to organizations that would pool the money to provide options to low-income familes.
Hauke calls the proposal a win-win situation in which taxpayers get a chance to target their dollars to help low-income families, and it allows those families to send their children to better-performing schools. He adds the state benefits because limited tax dollars could be spent among fewer students, thanks to some students leaving the public school system.