The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the State budget on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 4.
We expect the Senate will likely insert “education savings accounts,” commonly termed vouchers, into the budget. The goal is to do so without a single dedicated hearing on the financial impact of this program upon public school funding or upon your property taxes. The House failed to act this year on its version, HB 20, so there were never any hearings there on the financial costs and almost complete lack of accountability in this giveaway of taxpayer dollars to families and private organizations. The Senate did pass its version, SB 130, but then tabled it, avoiding any hearing on the financial implications, a tacit recognition that it will prove costly, lacks any accountability or controls, and will both undermine public education funding and raise your property taxes.
However, there is the hearing on May 4 and we encourage you to register your opinion via email or even better, to sign up and testify against any inclusion of education vouchers/savings accounts in the State budget.
Mark your calendars for May 4th at 1pm. We know most of our members will be working at that time but as soon as the link for the Finance Committee hearing is up, we will let you know so you can register your opinion on the inclusion of vouchers in the budget. Please make sure to take both of these actions as we approach this all-important budget hearing—your voice needs to be heard!!
Senate Bill 61, the so-called Right to Work legislation, was heard before the House Labor Committee last week and was met with resounding public opposition. The Committee will be voting this week on a recommendation but we need to start contacting our own state representatives as they are poised to vote on SB 61 either on April 7th or 8th. W have defeated this bill 39 times before and for the sake of working families, we must be victorious one more time.
The House Labor Committee has scheduled a hearing on SB 61, the so-called “right to work” bill for Thursday, March 25. We need the committee members to know that there is substantial opposition to this bill, which could reduce the compensation and benefits of all workers in New Hampshire. Make your voice heard! Learn how.