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March 28, 2017

Legislature Hears Testimony on School Readiness Tax Credits

Lincoln, Neb. —  Legislators heard strong support for tax credits that support the adults and businesses that provide quality early childhood care and education.

Dr. Susan Sarver, director of workforce planning and development at the Buffett Institute, was one of several speakers testifying Tuesday before the Legislature's Revenue Committee in favor of the School Readiness Tax Credits and against Amendment 707, which would put off implementation of the credits for two years to help address the state's budget crunch.

Two credits were created by Legislative Bill 233 last year, one for the early childhood professional workforce, and one for early childhood education programs that participate in Nebraska's Step Up to Quality program. The tax credits were modeled after a program in Louisiana that showed strong results. Read Dr. Sarver's testimony here.

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