Two of the most pressing issues facing Granite Staters today are education funding and property tax relief. The budget proposed by the Senate and House Finance Committees addressed both these issues by increasing education aid $138 million, the largest increase in nearly two decades. Property taxes have supported public education in NH resulting in NH having the third highest property tax rate in the US behind New Jersey and Illinois. Property taxes are a concern for all NH residents. This budget gives relief to this concern, reinstating revenue sharing, which sends money back to local municipalities, and allows them to decide how best to use those funds in their communities. Not only did the House and Senate budget include revenue sharing, it appropriated $40 million, the largest in the state’s history. Further, the budget proposed by the Senate and House includes over 20 different items that the governor listed among his priorities. These issues addressed the mental health crisis, eliminated the wait list for people with developmental disabilities and increased rates for Medicaid providers.
From educators to business owners, from young and old, from those employed or unemployed to those retired, we have heard that this is the best budget the state has produced in a long time. And yet, the governor vetoed the budget, as well as more than 50 other bills, many with strong bipartisan support.