Mo. Catholics Call for Greater Incentives for Education Donations

3 years 10 months 1 week ago Monday, October 14 2013 Oct 14, 2013 Monday, October 14, 2013 12:57:00 PM CDT October 14, 2013 in News
By: Nick Thompson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Catholic groups statewide have begun to rally around a proposed ballot initiative which would give incentives to Missourians who make donations to non-profit groups that support schools.

Barbara Swanson of Jefferson City submitted the petition and the Secretary of State's office has approved it for circulation. Swanson is a former superintendent of Catholic schools in the Jefferson City diocese.

The proposed ballot initiative would give state tax credits to individuals or businesses who donate to educational foundtions or non-profit groups.  Donors would receive a tax credit worth 50 percent of the total dollar amount of their donation.

The donations would have to go to foundations that use the funds they raise to improve programs in public schools or to those that use the funds to offer scholarships to students who want to attend private or parochial schools. Donors could also receive the tax credit if they give to a foundation that enhances special education programs for children with disabilities.

Father Tolton High School Principal Kristie Wolfe said the proposal would make tax time fair for parents who pay private school tuition because they could get state tax credits for donating to something they believe in instead of paying a full tax bill that will mainly fund K-12 public education.

"All of our parents are obviously taxpayers as well, and when they pay tuition to our school they're kind of paying twice," Wolfe said. "And so this sort of initiative like this sort of levels the playing field for private schools like ours."

If the proposal passes, a parent who wants to donate $1,000 to a scholarship fund at their child's school would be eligible for a $500 state tax credit.

According to Missouri Ethics Commission records, the Missouri Catholic Conference donated $11,000 and the Archdiocese of St. Louis donated $300,000 during the week of October 7 to Missourians for Children's Education, a new committee which was created to garner support for the initiative.

Swanson has a background in both public and private education and told KOMU 8 News all schools have fallen on rough financial times. Swanson said public schools are affected by lower state appropriations and private schools struggle when parents have a tougher time paying tuition.

Although Catholic groups have been the most active in advocating for the proposal, Swanson said public schools would actually see the greatest benefit.

Of all the tax credits authorized in a budget year, 50 percent would have to be credited to donors who give to public school foundations, 40 percent would go to donors who give to private or parochial school foundations and 10 percent would go to donors who give to children with special needs.

Wolfe said the tax credits would drive more donations from people who believe in Catholic education and said an expanded scholarship fund could make a Catholic education more accessible in Columbia.

"We try very hard not to exclude parents who can't afford it, parents who would struggle with the tuition load, but we have limited resources to help those families," Wolfe said. "With an initiative like this, we can build our foundation, we can help parents no matter their financial circumstances to afford this choice if that's what they want for their children."

The Jefferson City diocese will hold listening sessions next month to discuss whether it should build a new Catholic elementary school in Columbia.

More News

Grid
List
ASHLAND - Fire gutted a home on Eastside Drive in Ashland on Wednesday night. Three nearby buildings were damaged. ... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 8:18:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri State Highway Patrol anticipated the 2017 eclipse would cause problems on highways and roads in mid-Missouri.... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 7:40:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Education experts said there are signs parents should look out for as students make the back-to-school transition. Parents... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:57:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Art is food for the soul and the economy. According to a new study, the nonprofit arts... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:39:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County Sheriff's deputies, state troopers and a SWAT team on Wednesday surrounded a home where an... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 5:55:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - High speeds and heavy traffic along Rollins Road resulted in a public forum Wednesday night. Columbia Public Works... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:55:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - On Friday, The University of Missouri Board of Curators are expected to approve the Memorial Stadium South Expansion... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:58:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens once again pushed for Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-St. Louis) to resign after her... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:42:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Graduate students at the University of Missouri say while they've achieved a lot of success in the past... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:41:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – The solar eclipse has come and gone, and Columbia is saying the once-in-a-lifetime event brought around $1.36 million... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:39:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens announced appointments to several boards and commissions, including three new members of... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:25:30 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Traffic in downtown Columbia is already chaotic, especially due to the ongoing construction near campus. Throw in... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:25:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Powerball jackpot has reached its' second highest total in history, estimated at $700 million, which someone could... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:30:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police are looking for the man they say fired shots at a vehicle. Investigators say a... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:26:43 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
CUBA, Mo. (AP) — A Native American tribe in Oklahoma is hiring lobbyists in its bid to open a casino... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:16:26 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three people are recovering from injuries after strong turbulence forced a regional airline plane to divert... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:05:07 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just months after dismantling a Confederate memorial, the city of St. Louis has torn up a... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 1:04:28 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — There's a new website aimed at providing sexual harassment resources to interns following past allegations... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:37:57 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
6am 58°
7am 57°
8am 62°
9am 68°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today
5:30a
Paid Program
6:00a
King of the Hill
6:30a
King of the Hill

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
Saturday Night Live
8:30p
Great News
9:00p
The Night Shift
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld