Congressman Evans Applauds Introduction of Senate Companion Bill to Invest in School Infrastructure Nationwide
Washington, D.C. -- This week, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner introduced the School Infrastructure Modernization Act, the Senate companion bill to House bill, HR 922, the Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act of 2017, which was the first bill Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) introduced in the 115th Congress.
In February 2017, Congressman Dwight Evans joined with Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04) to introduce the Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act of 2017, which would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow public school buildings to qualify for the rehabilitation tax credit and give our public schools the necessary resources and funds to make improvements to school buildings nationwide.
“Many of our schools in the Second Congressional District have not been updated in decades,” Congressman Evans said. “How can we expect our students to succeed in the classroom and take ownership of their education when their classrooms are falling apart around them? We need a public school system that supports the needs of all of our students, parents and teachers. I am proud to see Senator Kaine and Senator Warner introduce this critical piece of legislation as we work to raise the consciousness around school infrastructure and rehabilitation.”
The historic tax credit program currently requires reuse of a building in a way that is different from its original function. This restriction prevents local governments from partnering with private developers to rehabilitate our schools.
“Schools are anchors in our neighborhoods,” Evans said, “What keeps our families stable in our neighborhoods? A safe school where parents know their kids will get a top-notch education and take with them the skills they need to be leaders both inside and outside of the workplace.”
Here is a list of all of the schools in the School District of Philadelphia: https://bit.ly/2riBH68 and the Lower Merion School District: https://bit.ly/2pP7Xhj. Many of the schools on the list within the Second Congressional District will be eligible for the tax credit.