Ovide Lamontagne has promised to be Scott Walker on steroids, what does that mean for education in NH?
CONCORD - The New Hampshire Democratic Party released a new web video today, welcoming Ovide Lamontagne's new friends Governors Chris Christie and Scott Walker to the Granite State. The Governors of New Jersey and Wisconsin, respectively, will campaign for Ovide while bringing their abysmal education records along for the ride.
Lamontagne is campaigning this week with 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls Christie and Walker, and has said he will be "Scott Walker" on steroids.
"Ovide Lamontagne's extreme agenda on education is even more radical than his friends Chris Christie and Scott Walker, who have cut funding for education in their states by a combined $3 billion," said Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
"Ovide Lamontagne has supported the legislature's cuts to higher education, which cut state funding in half and raised tuition on families. Ovide said the state was wrong was to make kindergarten available to every child. And Ovide Lamontagne has proposed a school funding plan that could cut state funding for local schools by hundreds of millions of dollars," Buckley said
Lamontagne has long supported school voucher programs, which would funnel money from public education to private, religious schools. Lamontagne favors repealing an 1877 constitutional amendment, which would allow public money to be sent to private, religious schools. As the chairman of the State Board of Education, Lamontagne refused federal education dollars, raising taxes on local towns, and he has pledged to "do it again," which could cost local schools more than $60 million a year.
"Ovide Lamontagne has promised to be Scott Walker on steroids" Buckley said. "What will that look like for public education in New Hampshire? New Hampshire students deserve better than what Ovide and his friends have planned."
Watch the new video HERE.