Georgia’s highest court has determined that a state law allowing taxpayers to steer some of what they owe the state to private schools instead does not violate the state constitution.

The unanimous ruling Monday by the Georgia Supreme Court strikes a blow against...taxpayers that the state law establishing tax credit student scholarships is unconstitutional.

The opinion says taxpayers have no standing to sue because tax credits do not equal tax revenue: “Because each of the constitutional provisions relied upon by plaintiffs involve the expenditure of public funds, and the statutes that establish the program demonstrate that no public funds are used in the program, plaintiffs lack standing as taxpayers to assert these claims,” the opinion says. “Plaintiffs’ complaint fails to show that they, or any taxpayers for that matter, are harmed by this program.”

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