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Liberal group slams Martinez



The liberal group People for the Ameican Way criticized Republican U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez for his new bill that would provide a tax credit of up to $4,500 to help families pay for the cost of private school tuition.

"The tuition tax credit scheme introduced by Senator Martinez is nothing more than a voucher program in disguise,'' said Christopher Norwood, the group's Florida deputy director. "Mel Martinez and his friends in the Senate seem more interested in giving tax breaks to the rich and pandering to the Right Wing than making American public schools better."

People for the American Way says the bill would primarily benefit middle-class and wealthy families but when he introduced the bill last week Martinez said it was designed to make it easier for middle class and low-income families to choose the best learning environment for their children.

"More than five million American students attend private schools each year at no expense to the American taxpayer. Parents that choose to provide a competitive education should not have to pay for their children's education twice," Martinez said. "By bringing fairness to the system, my bill also helps low and middle income families afford tuition."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:10pm]


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