The budget included $138 million in new school aid and $40 million in municipal aid that districts had hoped to use in making decisions on how to move forward in the next school year.
"We're just hanging on by a thread," said Anne-Marie Gagne, an employee of the Berlin School District. "It's careless. What he did was careless."
Gagne said the district and town are struggling after Berlin's last elementary school was closed in June. According to the New Hampshire School Funding Fairness Project, Berlin schools would have received about $4.5 million in aid under the proposed budget.
"It would relieve so much for so many in the North Country, and it's not just Berlin," Gagne said. "There are other towns as well, so he needs to sign it. He needs to reconsider.