The New Hampshire Business and Industry Association recognizes there is a serious labor shortage in New Hampshire and says it's time to support the University System of NH and its critical role in developing top-caliber talent for Granite State employers.
For the first time in decades the BIA is making increased funding for the University System and Community College System a priority budget request.
With so many students leaving our state for other institutions and the false perception that the University System is inefficient, the BIA is finally ready to help the Legislature understand the role USNH plays in educating and keeping young, talented and educated working in our state.
Our system spends less on operations and administration and has the lowest administrative costs per student than any other public university system in New England. The University System is a principle source of young talent for our employers and it supports business growth through research and business incubation.
I've consistently voted to support funding for USNH and look forward to providing that support again.
I've attached BIA Executive Director Jim Roche's comments below.