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Education funding fight defies party lines
Tomorrow is one of the most important days in modern-day New Hampshire history.
Your legislators in the House and Senate will either vote to let you, the people, have a direct say on the future of our tax system and education funding, or they will refuse to give you that chance. Once it is gone, it isn't likely to come back.
A constitutional amendment proposal, CACR 12, would overturn the so-called Claremont decisions in which the state Supreme Court rewrote for itself hundreds of years of legislative and voter intent in the manner and means by which we fund public education. The court now, in effect, tells us not only how much we will pay but how we will pay it.
That has led to the ridiculous situation in which towns that actually need some funding help from the state can't get all they need because we have to fund the wealthiest towns at the same level.
It will also lead, soon, to a broad-based state sales or income tax. And don't think for a minute that if that happens we will somehow get lower property taxes. Every state that has bought that pig in a poke has learned to regret it.
Those who claim that CACR 12 lets the court's nose under the tent are failing to see that the whole court has been under the tent and in fact running the circus since its Claremont rulings. CACR 12 is about local control, a choice between who votes — an unelected court or elected legislators.
Every voter, every taxpayer, needs to be watching Concord tomorrow. And if your legislator doesn't vote to allow you to make this decision in November, then you will want to know why.
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