NH Political Leaders Agree on Education Funding Plan

Friday, 01 Jun 2012 08:23 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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New Hampshire lawmakers and Gov. John Lynch have reached an agreement on a constitutional amendment that would change the way the state targets education funding, but opponents say the measure could still cost taxpayers plenty.
 
According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the proposed amendment would allow the state to spend more money on the neediest school districts and less on schools located in more affluent areas where higher property taxes add more money to school coffers.
 
Opponents complained that the measure would force an increase in property taxes in some areas. But Republican House Speaker William O’Brien said the amendment would end the practice of spreading money irrationally throughout the public-school system.
 
The amendment still has to be approved by a three-fifths majority in both chambers of the state legislature. The vote could be close in the state House, the Union Leader reported.
 
If it passes, the amendment would be put to voters, who would have to approve it by a two-thirds majority.

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