Published Online: August 28, 2014

NH Supreme Court upholds education tax credit law

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Supreme Court has left intact a state law that creates a business education tax credit to fund scholarships to private schools.

In its unanimous ruling Thursday, the justices vacated a lower court ruling that deemed unconstitutional part of the law making religious school students eligible for scholarships.

The program was passed in 2012 by Republican lawmakers who overrode a veto by then-Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat.

Gov. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, made repeal of the law a priority but Republicans blocked repeal efforts.

Program supporters say it promotes educational freedom and choice for low-income families.

The justices ruled that challengers to the law failed to identify any personal injury they suffered, saying they had no right to sue in the first place.


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