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Florida lawmakers seek to further expand vouchers



We reported a month ago that Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto filed legislation to extend the cap on corporate donations for Florida's tax-credit voucher program to $250 million. Part of the rationale was that thousands of students remained on waiting lists because the previous contribution caps could not fund the full demand.

The demand could grow even more under a bill filed by Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Pasco County.

Corcoran, one of the Republicans' speakers in waiting, has proposed allowing students to qualify for the program even if they did not attend a public school or receive one of the scholarships in the year before. That would eliminate eligibility requirements that limited participation in the past, possibly paving the way for children in home schooling and private schools to take further advantage.

Corcoran's bill also would grow the donation cap to $250 million. It has not yet been assigned to a committee, but key leaders have said such an expansion is a priority if it can be revenue neutral.

[Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2011 1:35pm]


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