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Gov. Larry Hogan plans to push a tax credit for donating to schools

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday said he plans to propose legislation that would grant tax credits for donating to schools and make it cheaper for some people with student loans to buy certain homes.

Hogan's office did not provide copies of the bills, which he said will be introduced Thursday.

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The governor also issued an executive order that would give a $6,000 scholarship to students who graduate from high school in three years and then go on to attend college in Maryland. Approximately 1,000 students each year complete high school early, though not all attend school in the state.

The tax credit bill would reprise an initiative the Republican governor unsuccessfully pushed last year in the General Assembly, which is dominated by Democrats.

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Hogan wants to allow individuals, nonprofits and businesses who donate to public or private schools to take a tax deduction, and his proposed budget this year includes $5 million to pay for it. Hogan's office said this year's proposal would "be targeted to promote pre-K programs and enrollment."

The governor also wants people who buy foreclosed or otherwise distressed homes through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to be able to roll their student loans into the mortgage. The arrangement would let people with student debt to get a bigger tax break on the student loan's interest and may allow some people who would not qualify for a mortgage to get one, according to Joseph Getty, Hogan's lobbyist and chief legislative officer.

Earlier this year, Hogan announced plans for a program that would help students earn an associates degree while still in high school. On Wednesday, Hogan said that he intends to submit legislation this week to create that program.

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