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 –

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.


About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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