Bradley: Constitutional amendment on education brings back “rationality”, Union Leader 3/2/12

posted Mar 1, 2012, 3:11 AM by Bill Duncan
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By GARRY RAYNO
New Hampshire Union Leader
Published Feb 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm 

CONCORD — The proposed constitutional amendment on education that passed the Senate today, would “bring rationality back to the process” said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley.

Bradley, a Wolfeboro Republican, and business and community leaders, began the push to convince House members and then the public the constitutional amendment will stabilize the business tax climate and provide the educational foundation the state's students need in the 21st century.

The proposed amendment, which has the backing of Gov. John Lynch, is expected to face an uphill battle in the House, which approved its own language that would essentially make the Supreme Court's Claremont decisions null and void.

To date House Speaker William O'Brien has opposed including the word "responsibility" in the amendment, which is included in the Senate version.

Bradley believes House members can be convinced to support the Senate-passed version when they realize "our future is at stake."

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Representatives from Hampton, New London, Rye and the Coalition Communities, comprised of property-wealthy communities opposed to the statewide property tax, also supported the Senate-passed version.
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