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May 15, 2013

Governor wants 2-year delay on tax credits

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley wants the Legislature to delay Alabama's private school tax credits for two years.

Bentley told chamber of commerce leaders Wednesday that a delay will give schools time to try to get off the failing list and will help the state repay a $423 million debt before the tax credits begin.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate leader Del Marsh says they will discuss Bentley's proposal with their members.

Teacher lobbyist Henry Mabry says the tax credits were a horrible mistake and they won't be any better in two years.

The Legislature passed a law in February that provides tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools or non-failing public schools. Bentley's delay will be up for a vote on Monday.

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