August 11, 1999
Bush calls for tax credits to help ministries
___INDIANAPOLIS (RNS)--Republican presidential nomination candidate George W. Bush said the federal government should provide grants and tax credits to help churches and other charities address society's social needs.
___Bush spoke in favor of expanding "charitable choice" provisions now applied to welfare reform to all social service programs. He said he would spend $8 billion in his first year in office on new tax incentives for charitable donations and to support charities and other private groups.
___"In every instance where my administration sees a responsibility to help people, we will look first to faith-based organizations, charities and community groups that have shown their ability to save and change lives," he said in a speech at Metro Church, a multiracial, non-denominational church in Indianapolis. "We will make a determined attack on need by promoting the compassionate acts of others."
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