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NH Senate voting on school tax credit repeal

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's Senate is voting Thursday whether to repeal a new program Republicans enacted to give businesses a tax credit for donating to scholarship organizations that send students to private or public schools.

The repeal bill passed by the Democratic-controlled House has the support of Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan but faces possible defeat in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The Senate Health, Education and Human Services Committee is recommending killing the bill and keeping the tax credit.

Repeal supporters say the law gives money to private and religious schools without accountability at a time when the state is struggling to fund public schools.

But opponents argue repealing the law would hurt low-income families by denying them greater academic choice.