January 18, 2022

Democrat would push tax credits for college

LEWISTON – Expanded tax credits for college expenses are among the educational priorities outlined Wednesday by 2nd District congressional candidate Michael Michaud.

The Democrat told students and teachers at the Lewiston Public Library that he also will press the federal government to pay 40 percent of special education costs, a promise it has made but not fulfilled. Michaud said that could bring $80 million a year to Maine.

Michaud, who faces Republican Kevin Raye in the Nov. 5 election, also said he will seek more federal funding to attract new teachers in the face of a looming shortage. He said he opposes a school voucher program that takes money away from public schools.

Raye also has pledged to get the government to make good on its special education obligations. Raye also supports tax policies to assist people paying off college loans.

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