The House, Senate, and Governor Lynch have agreed on language for CACR12, the education funding amendment. Here’s a Union Leader article with a good synopsis – http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120531/NEWS06/705319882
The thing that I want to convey to you is that your state government does not pass Constitutional Amendments. You do. When we vote for or against a CACR, we are voting for or against allowing the voters to vote on the issue. Remember that when you see a Representative or Senator voting against a CACR. There are some good reasons to vote against a CACR:
- It is worded poorly and may confuse voters
- It is deliberately worded to confuse voters
- It conflicts with another CACR, where if both pass, would cause a Constitutional conflict
- It is a measure that does not belong in the Constitution
Beyond that. I have a pretty high bar for voting to keep you from voting on something. A lot of people from both parties have worked really hard on CACR 12. Whether you agree with it or not, it is a well done amendment worthy of being presented to the voters. Will CACR 12 solve all our education problems? No. Personally, I think that it is a big step in the right direction and will make things better. I will be voting in favor of adding this to the ballot for you to consider in November. I hope that you will vote for it. Between now and then, feel free to ask questions and discuss the measure. You have a little over 4 months to get the information that you’ll need to cast a well informed vote.