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Dear Parents, Teachers, Friends and Supporters of our children in Catholic Schools:
I write to inform you of a very positive development in our advocacy efforts to enact the state Education Tax Credit proposal and, once again, to seek your help.
Because so many of you have spoken out on this issue, Governor Cuomo has included our Education Tax Credit proposal as part of his 2015-16 budget recommendations.  If enacted, his proposal will provide an additional $50 million in scholarships to assist tuition-paying families with the education of their children.  The bill also provides an equal level of support to public schools.  
While inclusion of the measure in the Governor’s budget recommendations is an important step forward, there is much yet to do. We pray that the Governor will remain committed to ensuring that the proposal is part of the final state budget due to be completed by March 31.  Thankfully, the Governor is not alone in supporting this important issue. The State Senate has passed the measure for the fourth time – with very strong bipartisan support. The measure also enjoys the support of the overwhelming majority of Assembly members – Democrats and Republicans alike. With all this support, there is very little preventing enactment of the Education Tax Credit proposal.  
Over the coming weeks, we will be reaching out to the Catholic school community through our Catholic Action Network, to continue to make our voices heard during budget negotiations on behalf of our tuition-paying families who need assistance.  It is very important that we have as many voices as possible, so I respectfully urge you to take a few moments to join the Catholic Advocacy Network. Simply visit on the Internet and then click Take Action to sign up.  
While support for this measure has been given, until it is actually enacted in law it is critical that we continue our plea. Please join the network and continue praying that our elected leaders will serve the needs of all God’s children.
Devotedly yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano
Bishop of Rochester