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Bill Would Create Vehicle For Getting Dollars From A Yet To Be Approved Federal Program

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State Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima).

A federal program that could provide $5 billion dollars to private schools across the country hasn’t received the ok from Congress yet.

But that’s not stopping at least one state senator from introducing a bill to draw down those dollars when and if the program is approved.

State Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) has long supported charter and private schools. His bill would offer tax credits for donations to scholarship-granting organizations through the Education Freedom Scholarship Program.

“Now, if the federal program never comes to be then we have got sort of an empty vessel here but this is about the federal legislation.”

Huffman says if the federal program and the state law both pass, Ohio would be first in line for getting those dollars.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.