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Letter: Republicans resorted to dirty tactics on voucher bill


Friday, May 11, 2018

By the time this is printed, the vote on the school voucher bill will have been taken. Regardless of the outcome, the method used by the Republican backers of this legislation mimics the dirty tactics used by their Republican comrades in Washington.

The N.H. Republican leadership just could not stand to lose on one of their bills that would benefit the rich, and penalize all of the property owners in most of our cities, towns and villages. This school voucher bill was defeated twice, and some of their fellow Republicans voted correctly by saying no to this downshifting of costs for education to real estate taxpayers in the state.

In an 11th hour move, after the legislators had retired for the day, Sen. Jeb Bradley, supported by Gov. Chris Sununu, tagged Senate Bill 193 to an unrelated piece of legislation, thereby ensuring another vote on a bill that had failed under a reconsideration move.

Notwithstanding the above, they are fully aware that shifting government dollars to religious institutions is a flagrant violation of our constitution. Like good politicians, they are attempting to circumvent this violation of separation of church and state by moving the funds through a sham third-party vehicle. Don’t they realize that the citizens can see right through this sham?

It is time for a change, and the November elections are fast approaching.

RONALD P. BLAIS

Center Barnstead