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Senate Republican Leaders Comment on Tabling of Education Tax Credit Repeal

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Senate President Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) and Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) issued the following statement today after the tabling of HB370, which would have repealed the Education Tax Credit Program enacted in the previous legislature:

“When we took office following the 2010 elections, we pledged to support legislation that would lower taxes, create jobs, promote opportunity, reign in government regulation, and encourage personal liberty – and we are proud of the legislation we enacted in furtherance of those objectives.  As a part of that effort, the Education Tax Credit Scholarship Program passed with overwhelming majorities because it expands opportunities for low-income parents and students and does so without increasing the tax burden on individuals or municipalities.  Senate Republicans will oppose efforts to undo the work of the last two years, as we did earlier today by tabling legislation seeking to repeal the innovative tax credit program.”


NHDP - Will Sens Odell, Stiles Stand up for NH Students Or the O'Brien-Bradley Tea Party?

Will Republicans turn taxpayer money over to a radical, out of state organization?


Concord - When the New Hampshire State Senate takes up repeal of a misguided education voucher passed by the Jeb Bradley and Bill O'Brien led Tea Party legislature today, all eyes will be on Senators Bob Odell and Nancy Stiles.  With re-election contests just a few months away both Stiles and Odell voted against this irresponsible attack on public schools in 2012.  But today, Majority Leader Jeb Bradley is counting on them to flip flop, table HB370, and refuse to vote for repeal of his reckless education voucher.


"The question on the minds of parents, students, and educators across the state today is will Stiles and Odell stand with them?  Or will they turn their backs on New Hampshire's public education system and vote to support Jeb Bradley and Bill O'Brien's Tea Party agenda?" asked New Hampshire Democratic Party communications director Harrell Kirstein.  "Voting for anything than 'ought to pass' is clear sign Odell and Stiles no longer can be counted on to defend New Hampshire public school students."


The education voucher program could cost New Hampshire public schools 90 million dollars over ten years, divert that funding to private and religious schools, and downshift costs to local communities and property tax payers.  It would be administered by a fiscally irresponsible out of state organization, the Network for Educational Opportunity whose president is dedicated to showing "how and why government schooling is so harmful to children."  He compares American public schools to opposition to Hilter's "takeover of German's schools."  And concludes that public schools foster "dependency." []


"This is radical right wing organization intent on destroying public education in New Hampshire and across the country.  They should not be involved in allocating New Hampshire citizens hard-earned tax dollars," said Kirstein.  "The choice for Odell and Stiles is simple.  Do you stand with New Hampshire students or Jeb Bradley and this radical out of state anti-education organization?"


NH House Republican Leader Reacts to Senate Tabling of Education Opportunity Tax Credit Repeal Bill

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following comment in reaction to the Senate action on HB370, a bill that would repeal the Education Opportunity Tax Credit program. The Senate voted to table the bill 13-11.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“I applaud the Senate for taking action to keep the Education Opportunity Tax Credit in place. The Education Opportunity Tax Credit is brand new and should be allowed the chance to prove itself before the legislature attempts to repeal it. Figures contained in the proposed House budget indicate that this program does not cost the State anything, therefore repealing it does not make any financial gain. Secondly, it allows parents to explore and be better able to afford education opportunities they may not otherwise have access to. Why some legislators want to take away this opportunity is beyond me. We need to make sure families have the ability to find the educational programs that best suit their children. I look forward to fighting to keep this program alive so families can share their stories once scholarships are awarded. Education choice should not be limited to wealthy families. We should have a way to lend a helping hand to less fortunate families to have those same opportunities.”



"Senate Republicans should be commended for fighting to uphold the important education tax credit that helps parents find the best possible educational opportunities for their children, regardless of family income. This tax credit levels the playing field and offers even our poorest students the opportunity to benefit from the learning environment that is best for them.

"Governor Hassan has repeatedly fought to repeal this popular tax credit and restrict school choice. Her disgraceful efforts to kill a program that allows our most vulnerable children to have access to a quality education reminds voters that the governor is out of touch with New Hampshire values.



Concord – New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on the State Senate Health, Education and Human Services Committee vote against repealing school choice:

"Senate Republicans were right to recognize that education choice is about parents being able to find the best possible educational opportunities for their children, regardless of family income. Today’s vote will help to protect a law that has leveled the playing field, offering even our poorest students the opportunity to access the educational environment that is best for them.

"It is disgraceful that Governor Hassan has tried to destroy this valuable program as part of her irresponsible and reckless state budget. Her efforts display an elitist and callous disregard for the most vulnerable students in our community.

“Gov. Hassan is obsessed with limiting school choice. I am proud to see Senate Republicans are standing up for Granite State families by opposing her foolish attempts to repeal this popular and productive law.”