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Not dead after all: November referendum for voters
Reports of the death of letting voters decide on returning school-funding control to elected legislators rather than an unelected court are a bit exaggerated.
Given the position of its candidates for governor and nearly all its legislators, it is clear that the Democratic Party in New Hampshire doesn’t want voters and their representatives anywhere near the court-mandated status quo. So consider this November’s elections to be a clear referendum on the issue, with almost all Republicans in favor of letting voters decide whether to amend their constitution.
While CACR 12 won’t be on the ballot, it had overwhelming support among Republicans and won a clear majority in the Legislature. The lame excuse of Democrats who opposed it? Knowing, correctly, that the people would likely pass it, they said they could not allow that to happen because then the Legislature would determine how state aid to schools should be spent. And the Legislature, these legislators said, is not to be trusted.
Fine. The issue is nicely teed-up for the voters come November. A vote for the Democrat ticket is a vote to put into office those who distrust the people and the officeholders. A vote for the Republicans (with the exception of a relative handful of state reps) is a vote of confidence in, of all things, the voters.
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