OU Joins Efforts with RCA and Conference of Bishops to Enact Tax Credit Bill

May 7, 2013

ORTHODOX UNION, RCA AND BISHOPS CONFERENCE JOIN EFFORTS TO ENACT TAX CREDIT BILL; LEGISLATION WOULD ASSIST STUDENTS IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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Representatives of the Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops met yesterday for their semi-annual meeting to discuss issues affecting the Jewish and Catholic communities.

Included in the agenda was the proposed Education Investment Tax Credit Legislation (A.1826/S.4099), designed to increase individual and corporate donations for education by enhancing long-standing tax benefits provided under current law from a tax exemption to a tax credit. The bill would help both public and private schools alike by dividing the tax credits evenly between donations made to public schools, including non-profit organizations supporting public schools, and donations made to scholarship organizations that provide scholarships for students to attend private schools.

Pictured (l to r), front row: Maury Litwack of the OU; Professor David Berger of Yeshiva University; Bishop William Murphy, Bishop of Rockville Center; Rabbi Joseph Karasick of the OU; Darcy Hirsh of the UJA-Federation of New York; Jeff Leb of the OU; and Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt of the Young Israel of Woodmere.

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The Orthodox Union is the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization; its Institute for Public Affairs (IPA) leads the Union’s advocacy efforts in Washington, DC and state capitals.

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