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Josiah Bartlett Center - Educational Choice Under Attack, Foreclosures, and IL Bond Warning for NH

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Josiah Bartlett Center

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on the issues impacting New Hampshire

Educational opportunity is something we all want for our children but is under threat in New Hampshire in 2013. While the wealthy can choose among many options to find the best fit for their children, two small programs that increase options for poor people in New Hampshire are both under attack. If opponents succeed in killing the state’s modest charter school program and the school choice scholarship program, educational opportunity will still be a reality for rich people but not for poorer members of the Granite State... Click here to keep reading.



The State's Checkbook Online

Ever wonder how and where New Hampshire spends your tax dollars? Look no further than, an open government project of the Center. We now have more than 3.5 Million transactions detailing how every last dollar was spent from the past 4 1/2 years. Help us find government waste! Click here to start looking.


IL Bond Rating Downgrade over Pensions Should be a Warning to NH

IL now worst in the Nation

Much has been made in the past few years over the dysfunction of Illinois’ finances and the legislature’s inability to get the state’s fiscal house in order; however, rating agencies are taking a closer look at another factor that weighs heavily on state finances: pensions... Click here to keep reading.


Foreclosure Filings Continue to Drop

December sees fewest of any month in 2012

According to the foreclosure tracking firm RealtyTrac, foreclosure filings in New Hampshire fell again in December, marking the third straight month of decreases. Statewide, 405 houses received a foreclosure filing, compared to 578 in November and 739 in October. Click here to keep reading.


Alliance for School Choice Unveils School Choice Yearbook 2012-13

Almost A Quarter-Million Students Enrolled in Private School Choice Programs This Year, According to New School Choice Yearbook

Single-year private school choice program enrollment growth is largest in American history

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 1, 2013)—More than 245,000 children are participating in publicly funded private school choice programs across the nation, according to the School Choice Yearbook 2012-13—the annual award-winning publication offering the most comprehensive data on the nation’s 32 private school choice programs—released today by the Alliance for School Choice.

Download the Yearbook at

Among this year’s landmark findings:

  • A total of 245,854 students are enrolled in private school choice programs in the United States, an increase of more than 35,000 students from a year ago. It represents the largest single-year increase in private school choice program enrollment in American history.
  • Five new programs were enacted last year, and a remarkable bipartisan expansion of the New Orleans voucher program has now made the scholarship program available to children all across Louisiana.
  • Eleven of the 32 private school choice programs are specifically tailored to serve children with special needs, benefiting more than 30,000 students nationwide.
  • Nearly all of the children participating in America’s private school choice programs come from low- or middle-income families or are students with special needs.
  • Florida is home to the most students benefiting from private school choice, with more than 76,000 students participants in the state’s two existing programs. Two states—Ohio and Arizona—have four school choice programs each.

Following a year that saw educational choice expansions that included continued growth of public charter schools, public school choice, and expansions of options like education savings accounts and virtual schools, the Yearbook chronicles how much of the education reform successes in 2012 were made possible as a result of private school choice gains.

“This year’s remarkable growth for educational choice in all its forms is a testament to the hard work of tireless advocates all across the country,” said Yearbook coauthor Malcom Glenn, the national director of communications at the Alliance. “The gains of 2012 give us great momentum towards helping even more kids in the year ahead.”

The Alliance’s annual Yearbook, entitled School Choice Now: The Power of Educational Choice, is a collection of the nation’s most accurate data on private school choice programs across the country. The 2012-13 edition, which was coauthored by Alliance Director of External Affairs Randan Swindler, contains an analysis of educational choice trends and information, a directory of the accountability provisions and requirements for each of the nation’s 32 private school choice programs, and a chronicle of the past year’s events.

“It’s fitting that we’re releasing our Yearbook during National School Choice Week, when people all across the country are celebrating giving parents quality options,” said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel to the Alliance. “Now is the time for people to recognize how more lives than ever are changing as a result of educational choice.”

The Alliance for School Choice is a leading national organization promoting educational choice. For more information, or to download the Yearbook, visit

This release is available to read online here.



Concord, NH- New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement in response to HB370, which would repeal education tax credit.

"Education choice is about parents being able to find the best possible educational opportunities for their children, regardless of family income. The School Choice Bill passed last year leveled the playing field, offering even our poorest students the opportunity to access the educational environment that is best for them.

"The effort to repeal School Choice displays an elitist and callous disregard for the most vulnerable students in our community.

"The funds that support Education Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarships are private funds, not taxpayer dollars. Over $150,000 has been raised to support these scholarships and over 250 students have applied to the program. It is obvious that citizens of New Hampshire are supportive of this program.

"Rather than continue supporting a status quo that fails too many students, we ask Gov. Hassan to make it clear today that should HB370 make it to her desk she will show support for all New Hampshire students by vetoing it."


NH Republican Leaders Comment on Bill to Repeal School Choice

CONCORD – House and Senate leaders today issued the following statement in reaction to House Bill 370, which seeks to repeal the New Hampshire School Choice bill.  To date, 250 children have applied for Education Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarships from The Network for Educational Opportunity.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Choice in education should not only be available to the rich. No parent should be forced to send a child to a school that does not meet the child’s needs. The School Choice Bill we passed last year gives more options to students and parents, protects local property taxpayers and gives businesses the chance to ensure a strong workforce in the future. This legislation is good for New Hampshire’s future and will bring competition to our schools, which should improve their quality as well.  We need to protect choice in education, empower families and give this program a chance to succeed.”

Senator Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford)

“We believe that parents, not zip-codes, should have priority in choosing the schools that best fit their child’s needs.  The scholarships to be offered under this program will improve educational outcomes for students across New Hampshire by allowing them to do just that.  The monies used to fund these scholarships are private donations, not public dollars, and will be used to level the playing field in education by giving lower and middle income students the same opportunities as those more well off.”


AFPNH - Learn How the Liberals Plan to Raise Your Taxes

We all know New Hampshire is a great place to live and work. The NH Advantage is real to all of us who get to call this state home. Unfortunately, just as real is the threat to our advantage by liberals in Concord who want to increase state spending.  Because the state cannot live beyond its means and must balance its budget, the liberals must turn to revenue increases, a fancy phrase for raising taxes, to pay for their reckless spending. So far this session, the liberals have proposed raising taxes on beer, cigarettes and gasoline. Thanks to your efforts the beer tax increase has been voted down in Committee and is very unlikely to pass. Keep up the great work! You can read more about the Committee vote HERE.


Amid the clamor for increased revenue, a bill introduced by Rep. Weyler (Rockingham-13) stands out. Rep. Weyler’s bill, HB 335, would repeal the sunset clause in last year’s cigarette tax reduction, thereby ensuring that cigarette taxes remain at their current rate.


Beyond tax increases, the liberals are also targeting tax credits of any kind. Under assault this week will be the education tax credit program passed by the legislature last year despite Governor Lynch’s veto. The program allows businesses to receive a tax credit for donations to fund scholarships that empower parents to make the best possible choice regarding their children’s education. The liberals dislike the program for two reasons – first, it shifts control away from the state and to NH families and second, it reduces the taxes they need to fund their pet programs. The House Ways & Means Committee will hold a public hearing on the move to repeal the program tomorrow at 12:30PM in Representatives Hall. Ironically, this hearing comes in the middle of National School Choice Week. Repealing this program will be a step backward for NH families trying to ensure their children receive the best education possible.


Another piece of legislation sure to enrage the liberal spenders in Concord receiving a hearing this week is a bill aimed at reducing and eventually repealing the state’s Business Enterprise Tax (BET).  NH currently has the third highest business taxes in the nation.  This bill, supported by Representatives Rideout (Coos-7), Richardson (Coos-4), Tucker (Rockingham-23), and Baldasaro (Rockingham- 5), is good news for all of us striving to make our business climate more competitive. Of course the idea is bad news for liberal spenders who are reliant upon the taxes from NH businesses to increase the size of state government. We support the BET tax reduction bill.


Finally, we support this year’s Right to Work bill.  This legislation presents NH with an opportunity to become the first Right to Work state in New England and give workers in the state the choice as to whether or not to join a labor union. States that adopt Right to Work see increases in employment numbers and attract new employers to their state. CLICK HERE to read more about why we support this important piece of legislation.




Corey R. Lewandowski

State Director

Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire


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