2021 House Bill 5404

Authorize school choice tax credit and K-12 scholarships

Introduced in the House

Oct. 14, 2021

Introduced by Rep. Bryan Posthumus (R-73)

To authorize individual and business income tax credits equal to the amount a person contributes to a school choice scholarship granting organization authorized by Senate Bill 687. The bill authorizes up to $500 million in annual credits, which would increase over time based on demand according to a specified formula. Credits exceeding a contributor’s annual tax liability would not be refunded but could be “carried forward” and used against up to five years of future state tax liability.

Referred to the Committee on Education

In the Senate

Oct. 19, 2021

Reported without amendment

With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

In the House

Oct. 19, 2021

Passed in the House 55 to 48 (details)

To authorize a K-12 “student opportunity scholarship program” that would allow individuals and businesses to get a tax credit for contributing to a nonprofit “scholarship organization” that would provide grants to lower income families to pay tuition at a non-pubic school, or pay for other education expenses, services and supplies. Beneficiaries would get individual accounts from which families could draw money for permitted expenses. See also House Bill 5405.

Received in the Senate

Oct. 21, 2021

Referred to the Committee on Education and Career Readiness

Oct. 26, 2021

Passed in the Senate 19 to 15 (details)

Vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Nov. 5, 2021

Received in the House

Nov. 9, 2021

Referred to the Committee on Education