Senate Republicans Block Education Funding for Their Own Districts
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3207
CONCORD – Today, in a 3-2 party line vote, Republican members of the Senate Education Committee voted to re-refer SB 145, Senator Jay Kahn’s (D-Keene) bill to renew $36 million of fiscal capacity disparity aid for fiscal year 2022.
After the vote, Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) issued the following statement:
“At the start of the 2021 legislative session both Democrats and Republicans pledged to do everything we could to provide property tax relief. SB 145 would have restored fiscal capacity disparity aid to the 80 New Hampshire school districts needing the most help and would have assisted school districts facing drastic budget cuts to minimize local property tax increases. We know there is a direct correlation between disparity aid and lower tax rates, as illustrated by the 63 out of 100 towns who received disparity aid this year and subsequently lowered tax rates. I’m disappointed in my colleagues who voted to deny essential aid to their own districts.”