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Today, State Senator Kris Jordan (R - Powell) testified before the Senate Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee regarding Senate Bill 88, which would establish a tax credit to help expand the number of scholarships available to Ohio students attending private schools. "This tax credit would provide increased opportunities for thousands of Ohio students and provide tremendous opportunities for businesses and individuals to help our state," Jordan said. "In a perfect world, each of us would be presented the best opportunities for an excellent education and it would be up to each of us to make the most of it." The legislation would create a tax credit of up to $1,000 for individuals ($2,500 for couples filing jointly) or up to $300,000 for qualified businesses for donations to qualified scholarship organizations. Scholarships can be worth up to $7,000 for high school students or $4,250 for K-8 students. The legislation specifies that no less than 90 percent of the total donations to each organization would go towards scholarships. "We all recognize that many of Ohio's families are struggling economically," Jordan said. "This tax credit scholarship is a creative way to ensure students are not bearing the brunt of this struggle. It would provide thousands of students with access to a quality education and at the same time encourage philanthropic giving in a difficult economy." Jordan has proven himself to be one of the strongest advocates for school choice in the Ohio General Assembly. While serving in the House, then-Representative Jordan introduced similar legislation, which drew co-sponsors from both parties.
Jordan represents Ohio's 19th Senate District, which includes Delaware, Knox, Morrow, Richland, and part of Ashland counties. Prior to serving in the Senate, he served as a State Representative and as a Delaware County Commissioner. He is a proven advocate for spending restraint, lower taxes, and family values. He lives in Powell with his wife, Melissa.
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