School Voucher Legislation Is Defeated

House members from both parties once again defeated legislation that would harm public education and the taxpayers of New Hampshire.

“The New Hampshire Constitution very clearly prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars to support the schools of any religious sect or denomination. The legislation was even worse than what the House defeated last week, as the broad eligibility in this bill would have downshifted hundreds of millions of dollars to local property taxpayers,” House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) said.

The voucher program would take a quarter-billion dollars from public school districts if enacted according to House budget estimators.

The House of Representatives voted 180-163 on May 10, 2018 to reject Senate changes to HB 1636, which included the addition of school voucher legislation the House recently voted to send for further study.