CONCORD — Superintendents, school board members and students urged House and Senate budget writers to hold firm and deliver on the largest education aid increase in 20 years contained in the state budget Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed.
The third and final public hearing on the impact of the state budget impasse Thursday drew a standing-room only crowd of educators worried those proposed state aid increases could now be on the chopping block in light of new, much more conservative revenue estimates for the next two years.
“I would beg you to hold fast on the education portion of the committee of conference agreement,” Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier testified.
“For Berlin, this is getting to be life or death for our school system,” he said.
Berlin officials there have been counting on a $4 million aid increase the vetoed budget would have delivered and Grenier has already warned more layoffs could be in the offing if the final grants come up short.