Survey: Oklahoma voters support raising cap on scholarship program

With members of a state House committee expected to vote this week on legislation raising the cap on an existing tax-credit scholarship program, new polling shows strong public support for the proposal.

Sen. Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, called the results “pleasing to hear” and noted the program has common-sense appeal.

“This helps students of Oklahoma, and is doing so with private money,” he said.

The Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act provides a tax credit to businesses and individuals who donate private funds to organizations that provide private-school scholarships. The program also provides tax credits to those who donate to programs that benefit traditional public schools, which is currently aiding students in districts like Chickasha and Magnum.

Current law caps the amount of tax credits that can be issued, and the cap has been reached. Senate Bill 407, by Rader and Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, would raise the cap to encourage more private donations to education.

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