People For the American Way urged Congress to support efforts by U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich., to revive a bill containing a hate crimes provision which has been stalled in a conference committee. At a press conference on Capitol Hill today, Conyers announced his submission of a petition to discharge the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA) from the conference committee for a vote on the House floor.
Nearly Half of All Tax-Credit Dollars Go to Those Earning $80,000 or More; Law’s Impact Reflects Illinois’ Poor Ranking in Funding Equity
Data released from the Illinois Department of Revenue for the first year that the tuition tax credit was available (2000) reveals that the state’s education tax credit is regressive, benefiting many more middle- and upper-income families than those with incomes less than $20,000. (This figure is used as a benchmark since it is only slightly higher than the federal poverty line for a family of four: $18,100.)16 For example, taxpayers earning more than $80,000 annually claimed 46 percent of the entire $61 million credit amount in 2000, or $28.2 million.
Law Requiring Cost Estimates of Citizen Initiatives Deemed Unconstitutional
“Florida’s classrooms are overcrowded. To the overwhelming majority of parents, teachers, students, and other Floridians, creating smaller classes is just common sense, “ said State Sen. Kendrick Meek, Chairman of Florida’s Coalition to Reduce Class Size. “Floridians know that overcrowded classrooms aren’t good for students. This report documents that study after study proves them right.”