Republicans Reject Financial Transparency for Public Tax Dollars
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3375
CONCORD – Today, on a party-line vote, Senate Republicans voted Inexpedient to Legislate on SB 351, Senator Jay Kahn’s (D-Keene) bill which would have required the department of education to annually make available on its website performance measures and financial accounting reports for all private and religious schools receiving public funds from the state or through education freedom accounts (EFA) under RSA 194-F.
After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) issued the following statement:
“When public tax dollars are being diverted away from public schools, local taxpayers deserve to know how that money is being spent. SB 351 simply aimed to provide taxpayers with the same level of financial transparency that we expect from our public schools and our private and religious colleges and universities that receive public funds. Today’s vote by Senate Republicans was a vote against transparency, accountability, and consumer protection for taxpayers.”