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New Hampshire’s Persistent Underfunding Leads to Perpetual Inequity and Interminable Lawsuit

July 21, 2018

The Advancing New Hampshire Public Education blog featured a post yesterday with graphics that underscore how poorly funded New Hampshire public schools are. This is not a new phenomenon, and not a phenomenon that is likely to change until a Governor is elected on a platform that calls for some kind of broad based tax that will help underwrite the schools. Based on what I’ve read of Democratic candidates thus far, it is unlikely that any of them will come forth with a platform calling for a brand based tax. But in a state where the “no broad based tax” pledge is embraced by both parties, it is conceivable that a third party candidate who opposed the pledge and advocated for taxes could win. If a candidate could show voters how such a tax would help relive property tax burdens and increase funding for schools, for example, they might get 40% of the voters to support them. If the other two parties split the remaining votes, the pro-broad based tax individual would win. Whether their victory would enable them to get a tax measure through the legislature is an imponderable… but at least it would break the longstanding deadlock that has led to the inequality among schools in the state.

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