by Amy Tjaden News Editor


Up in the cold state of North Dakota, Rep. Chris Griffin is sponsoring a bill that would allow homeschool families in that state to deduct up to $2000 to cover the cost of curriculum and supplies.

Homeschool families and some lawmakers say they deserve this break. After all, they’re paying taxes to a public school system they don’t even utilize.

It should come as no shock that there is opposition to this proposal. What may come as a shock is that I’m in agreement with the opposition.

Heck, I’d love to have some extra money to cover cost of supplies. But if homeschool families don’t have to pay taxes since they don’t use the public school, then there are other groups that should be exempt as well. What about people who don’t have kids? What about my grandparents who have had an empty nest for years?

I have a good friend who in her 34 years has never been behind the wheel of a car. Yet, she still has to pay taxes to cover our highways. Should she be exempt? Where do we draw the line and how do we draw it?

Having said all that, I do think that homeschooling families, as taxpayers, should be allowed access to any program offered through the public school system.

I’d love to hear other viewpoints on this issue.

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