With no gambling revenues for New Hampshire to count on, House budget writers voted Tuesday to scale back on education proposals, recommending less money for the state’s university system and moratoriums on new charter schools and school building projects.
The panel recommends giving the system about $12 million or about 20 percent less than it sought in exchange for a promise to freeze in-state tuition. Gov. Maggie Hassan had given the system about $55 million in additional aid in her two-year budget to make up for deep cuts Republicans made in the current budget.
The committee also recommends putting a moratorium on new charter schools and new school building projects. The last Legislature had adopted a new school construction system that would not be implemented for another two years if the moratorium is ultimately adopted. The only money the House panel included in its version of the budget is for the state’s share of the debt for existing projects.
Republicans were outvoted by Democrats in an attempt to allow new charter schools and school construction projects.
“This is criminal to take away funding for charter schools,” said state Rep. Ken Weyler, a Kingston Republican and the committee’s chairman last session.