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Montana school tax credit debate continues

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The 2015 Montana state legislature passed a law that allows $150 scholarship donations for students attending schools -- both public and private. The donor is entitled to a matching tax credit against state taxes.

Montana Family Foundation President Jeff Laszloffy and MEA-MFT Executive Director Eric Feaver are on opposite sides of this issue.

Laszloffy argues that a Kalispell judge decided correctly when he overturned a Montana Department of Revenue ruling that the scholarships cannot be used by students attending faith-based schools.

But Feaver says that the law violates the Montana constitution.

"The Department of Revenue imposed its rule, if you want, based on the Constitution. But, it was directed to do so instead of Bill 410 which to this day puzzles me that the legislature apparently did not read this bill it passed. I'm not sure the judge read the bill," Feaver said.

"The point that we argue here is Eric's side talks about an appropriation being direct or indirect and would argue that this is an indirect appropriation to a religious school. Our side argues that you never even cross that thresh hold. This is not an appropriation," Laszloffy countered.

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