Much has been written about the significant effects of the governor’s 53 vetoes of legislation passed during the recent session of the Legislature. Of those bills, 34 passed on voice votes, indicating support by both parties.
Here are some facts that we think the residents of Pembroke and Chichester particularly should know.
In November 2018, the voters of New Hampshire elected a majority of Democrats to the New Hampshire House and Senate. This was viewed as a mandate to carry out the preference of the voters across the state and in Merrimack District 20, where two out of three representatives elected were Democrats. The Legislature did its job by enacting legislation encompassing many aspects of life in the Granite State.
Among other areas, bills were passed concerning mental health, election law, responsible gun legislation, and, in many residents’ minds the most important area, education funding and property-tax relief.
The total education funding amounted to $164 million to towns and cities in the original House budget. This was reduced to $138 million after the Committee of Conference. The funding was earmarked to help the neediest communities first with adequacy and stabilization funds among others, and significant tax relief, with almost every town and city receiving increased funding.