Constitutional Amendment – Education

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:

  1. It is worded poorly and may confuse voters
  2. It is deliberately worded to confuse voters
  3. It conflicts with another CACR, where if both pass, would cause a Constitutional conflict
  4. 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.

Steve

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his fifth term. Rep. Smith currently represents Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington. Rep. Smith is the Chairman of the Sullivan County Delegation.
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