Safer schools: NH actually does somethingEDITORIAL
May 26. 2018 10:38PM
Rather than pass more gun laws that won't prevent more school shootings, New Hampshire lawmakers are actually doing something to make schools safer.
Last year, Gov. Chris Sununu urged the Legislature to create the Public School Infrastructure Fund, which used $18.8 million from last year's budget surplus to fund safety and security upgrades at local schools.
Last week, the Legislature approved using $10 million from this year's projected surplus to top off the fund, and fund another round of school safety and security projects.
The fund was never designed as a permanent state obligation. It used one-time money last year, and again this year. If state revenues provide lawmakers with extra revenue, they should use those funds to lower taxes, and on projects that won't inflate the state's spending baseline.
Improvements to school infrastructure are an appropriate use of one-time surplus revenues.
Incoming Somersworth High School Principal John Shea has penned an open letter to Sununu, giving him an "F" on student safety. Shea's critique is that Sununu has failed to support gun control.
The murderer who killed 10 and injured 10 more at Sante Fe High School in Texas used a stolen handgun and a stolen shotgun.
Does Shea support confiscating all handguns and shotguns in New Hampshire? Or is he putting the left's baseless gun control hysteria ahead of student safety?
Perhaps Shea is unaware that Somersworth schools have been awarded more than $215,000 for safety and security upgrades from the state's fund.
His school, and schools across New Hampshire, will be safer because of Sununu's initiative, and the Legislature's commitment to student safety.