NEA New Hampshire Statement on State Budget Deliberations
A budget for any family or organization, no matter how big or small, reflects their goals, aspirations and priorities. What does the budget currently being developed in Concord say about the budget writers’ vision for New Hampshire? It clearly reaffirms that their priority is not to provide opportunity for working families, or stimulate the New Hampshire economy, or protect the less fortunate. Their priority is ensuring the rich become richer by balancing cuts to essential services on the backs of working families and the poor.
We all agree that working families thrive when our government actually promotes opportunity, protects workers, discourages outsourcing, and supports families. Our budgets should support our shared priorities and values. Instead, this budget continues the downward spiral of lowered expectations and aspirations we have become accustomed to seeing from the Statehouse majority. New Hampshire expects, deserves, and can accomplish much more.
Cutting our way to prosperity is a failed notion, but one that Statehouse budget writers desperately cling to. As educators, we believe there is a success story in every student just waiting to happen. We believe the same is true for our state. The state’s budget should support that potential, not kill it.