Local education officials had a consistent message for legislative budget writers Thursday: Live up to the promises you made to school districts in the vetoed state budget. Their pleas came shortly after Gov. Chris Sununu floated what he called a compromise on education - one that Democrats quickly rejected as untenable.
Education spending has been a point of friction between Democrats - who boosted overall school aid by more than $100 million in the budget they passed - and Sununu, who vetoed that plan.
Local school officials, like Frank Sprague, who sits on Claremont's school board, told lawmakers to fight for the spending they included in their budget.
"We in Claremont are desperate, other communities are desperate. This is very, very discouraging. If I sound angry, we are," Sprague said.