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Rep. William O'Brien's Comments on the Senate Tabling of the Repeal of the New Hampshire Education Choice Law

Concord - Today Rep. William O'Brien (R-Mont Vernon) offered the following comment on the Senate Tabling of the Repeal of the New Hampshire Education Choice Law:

“I join with many parents and all in New Hampshire who believe that children of low and moderate income families deserve the best education possible in congratulating the Senate for preserving equal education opportunities for those families by tabling HB370, the repeal of the New Hampshire Education Choice Law. Giving parents more public and private school choices when it comes to the education of their children is going to expand elementary and high school educational opportunities for our children and, through competition, will improve public schools.  That this will be done, not by more government spending, but by business tax credits and that the program will allow us to use our public school dollars on educating fewer students, makes the opposition to this law inapplicable, unless that opposition is founded on reasons other than what is best for children.  We need to see more money-saving, opportunity-expanding programs such as the New Hampshire Education Choice Law on both the state and federal levels.”


NHDP Statement on Senate Republicans Irresponsible Education Voucher Vote 

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein released the following statement on Senate Republicans decision to table HB370, a bill repealing the irresponsible school voucher program.

"The irresponsible education voucher passed by the Jeb Bradley and Bill O'Brien led Tea Party Republicans damages New Hampshire public schools, is fiscally irresponsible and must be repealed. Vouchers shift limited state funds away from public school districts, and downshift the cost of reduced adequacy payments to local communities and property tax payers.  The voucher program allows a radical out of state right wing fringe group bent on the destruction of public education to determine the use of public education funds. 

"It is disappointing that Senator Odell and Senator Stiles flip-flopped on education vouchers. Their choice today was simple, and unfortunately they chose to stand with the Bill O'Brien and Jeb Bradley led Tea Party instead of with New Hampshire students and public schools."

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.”