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Sunday
May172015

NH Charter Schools - Senate votes to table HB563 putting more schools at risk

May 15, 2015

Dear charter school parents,

 

We regret to inform you that yesterday the New Hampshire State Senate voted to table the charter school funding bill HB563. I know that many of you have questions and I will do my best to answer them.

  

What Happened?

The Senate initially voted to support HB563 which would have kept the bill alive and moved it to the senate finance committee. After the initial vote however Senator Bradley moved to table the bill. That vote passed so the bill will not move forward and is effectively dead.

 

But I thought the Senate Supported Charter Schools?

So did we. A number of bills that passed the House with strong bipartisan support have languished or died in the senate this year.

 

What's Next?

Schools will start closing next year unless the Senate joins with the House to update the funding formula.

 

1 - The Senate could decide to include HB563's language in their version of the budget.

 

2 - The Senate could agree to the House version of the budget.

 

3 - The Senate may decide to hold increased funding hostage for concessions from the House during budget negotiations.

 

What can I do as a parent?

Stay involved and hold legislators accountable for their votes. Republicans are in charge in the Senate and it is up to them to make this right.

 

Background on HB563

 

HB563 as amended would provide a modest $36 dollar increase in the first year (this is not a typo) and update the funding formula to increase per pupil aid by $1,000 starting in year two of the budget. Per pupil aid for charters has remained flat since 2009 and these schools are at risk.
 

"Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants"  Justice Louis D. Brandeis

 

BACKGROUND - HOUSE VOTES TO SUPPORT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 222-116 to support increased funding for public charter schools. All but five republicans voteds in support of HB563 joined by twenty eight democrats.

 

Emotion overcame decorum as parents and students cheered as the vote was announced.

 

Background
NH public charter schools are currently the lowest funded charter schools in the nation receiving about $5,500 per pupil or about 38% of the state average cost per pupil. NH charter schools receive $3,500 in state adequacy plus a $2,000 stipend to represent disparity aid because NH public charters do not currently benefit directly from local tax dollars.
Friday
Mar202015

NH Sen Bradley announces Workers Comp Deal 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Bill provides 7.5% savings for businesses and government

 

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) today applauded committee approval of a bill aimed at lowering workers compensation costs across New Hampshire. The Senate Commerce Committee has given its unanimous approval to SB 3, sending the bill to the Senate floor next week. Bradley has been working with employers and health care providers over the past three months to find a way to bring down costs. New Hampshire currently has the 9th highest Workers Compensation costs in the nation.

 

“This agreement will bring real savings to New Hampshire businesses, making it more affordable to create new jobs,” Bradley said. “It will also lower costs to state and local government, helping to balance budgets and keep taxes low.”

 

The bill approved by the Commerce Committee would lower medical costs charged under the state’s Workers Compensation program, and freeze those rates for three years. It would also require providers to justify disputed charges. Current law gives employers little recourse when presented with high medical bills. The bill would also improve transparency and accountability by giving employers more information on what competing providers are charging. Overall, SB 3 is expected to bring down medical costs under workers compensation by 7.5%. This is the first comprehensive reform to New Hampshire’s Workers Compensation Program since 1989.

 

“High workers compensation costs are a real barrier to economic growth, and bringing them down has been a top Senate priority,” added Commerce Committee Chair Russell Prescott (R-Exeter). “I’m pleased that we were able to reach a bipartisan consensus that addresses the needs of business and health care providers. Knowing more about the cost and quality of health care under workers comp is a breakthrough that will improve a program providing essential protections for New Hampshire workers injured on the job.”

 

Thursday
Jan082015

NH Sen Bradley backs Sanborn's Tax Amnesty to help taxpayers catch up 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

 

Dedicates revenues for one-time expenses

 

Concord, NH– Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) today added his support to a Tax Amnesty Program Bill proposed by Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford). The program would let taxpayers pay back taxes owed to the State of New Hampshire without interest or penalties during a short window. Sanborn’s bill would use the one-time revenue generated by the program to set up a New Hampshires first taxpayer E-File system, and to provide a one-time boost to state aid to local road construction projects. Bradley says that Sanborn’s bill would give taxpayers struggling through the recent recession a chance to fulfill their obligations.

 

“New Hampshire has allowed a brief Tax Amnesty window twice before, and both have been successful,” Sanborn said. “But it’s important that we use this one-time revenue for one-time expenses, and not as a cash grab to make up for overspending in the current budget.”

 

“Senator Sanborn’s bill is the fiscally responsible way to implement a Tax Amnesty Program,” Bradley continued. “The fiscally responsible way to address our current deficit is to make sure state spending stays within the budget overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.”

Wednesday
Jan072015

NH Sen Bradley Applauds Temporary Unemployment Insurance Rate Reduction

Only economic growth will deliver permanent rate relief for employers

 

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) today applauded the half-percent reduction in Unemployment Compensation Surcharges on New Hampshire business, announced by Labor Commissioner George Copadis.

 

“I want to thank Commissioner Copadis for his stewardship of the Unemployment Trust Fund, which made today’s announcement possible,” Bradley said. “There’s more work to be done, as all employers are still paying a 0.5% more than they would if the Trust Fund were fully funded. And the rate will automatically increase in three months if we can’t get New Hampshire’s economy moving.”

New Hampshire businesses have been paying higher UC rates since 2004, when the Unemployment Trust Fund dropped below $300 million. As the Trust Fund rebounded, three of the four surcharges have now been removed. But the Department of Labor now projects that the UC Trust Fund will drop below $275 million next quarter, increasing rates by 0.5% for the rest of the year.

 

“In order to deliver permanent rate relief to New Hampshire employers, we need to not only protect the UC Trust Fund, but grow the New Hampshire economy,” Bradley added. “Republican tax reforms are already helping boost New Hampshire’s economy, and that will be our focus throughout this session.”

 

Thursday
Dec112014

NH Sen Bradley hails Supreme Court decision upholding NH Retirement System reforms 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Bradley, Carson hail Supreme Court decision upholding NH Retirement System reforms

 

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) today hailed the New Hampshire Supreme Court decision in PFFNH v NH,  upholding key legislative reforms to the New Hampshire Retirement System.

 

“I’m encouraged that the Supreme Court has upheld the right and duty of the Legislature to amend and improve the New Hampshire Retirement System. Unless we can address the $5 billion unfunded liability in our state pension system, both taxpayers and workers would be left with a huge financial burden. This decision affirms the Legislature’s ability to make the changes we’ll need to preserve the New Hampshire Retirement System, protect taxpayers, and maintain employee jobs.”

 

Sen. Bradley was prime sponsor of SB 3 in 2011, which was incorporated into the FY 12-13 budget. Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee Chair Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) thanked Bradley for his leadership on pension reform, and said the next Legislature would continue the effort to shore up the New Hampshire Retirement System.

 

“In 2011, Senator Bradley led the way to make necessary and fair changes to begin reforming the New Hampshire Retirement System. We preserved a generous pension benefit for public sector workers, and in return asked for slightly higher contributions, asked some younger beneficiaries to work 25 years instead of 20 years, and addressed long-ignored abuses to the system. This was a first step in ensuring that public sector workers across New Hampshire have a viable pension system for years to come.”