Bishop Malone Applauds Inclusion of Education Investment Tax Credit in Gov. Cuomo's Budget Message
Bishop Richard J. Malone released the following statement regarding the Education Investment Tax Credit:
"I am pleased the Governor Cuomo has included the Education Investment Tax Credit in his budget message and the Senate has approved the tax credit bill.
We know too well the increasing financial burdens placed on families with children in Catholic schools, and families who want to send their children to Catholic schools. Enactment of the Education Tax Credit is a game changer, providing families the option of Catholic or private school education for their children.
The tax credit would stabilize Catholic school enrollment, easing the pressure on tuition, resulting in financial savings to all families.
The Diocese of Buffalo will continue to be at the forefront of advocacy efforts to get this legislation enacted. It is my hope that the EITC will become law during the current legislative session."
The Diocese organized a rally on Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo on May 28, 2014, urging approval of the EITC. The eventwas attended by hundreds of students, parents, parents and educators, with many holding signs that said, "Gov. Cuomo: Our Families Need Help Too."
On April 13, 2013, more than 10,000 people, mostly Catholic school students, rallied in support of the EITC rally at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Speakers included Bishop Malone, Sister Carol Cimino, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Buffalo, students, educators and elected officials.