The continued efforts at both state and national levels to “forgive” student loans would stick taxpayers with even more debt while only encouraging the real source of the problem: rampant, incessant, and totally unjustified increases in post-secondary education costs. Colleges and universities, public and private, have jacked up their prices for years with little or no justification.

Committing taxpayer dollars to current student debt would be nice for students and their families but what of all the past students? Why shouldn’t they also get relief? What of all those who may have been financially discouraged from even going to college? Why should they have to assume this growing public debt?

Democrats at the federal level hope this debt-shift will help them pass President Biden’s outrageous spending package. But what is Gov. Chris Sununu’s excuse? He continues to try to establish a student loan “payment incentive.” The incentive would give up to $20,000 each for debt repayment to graduates who commit to staying and working in New Hampshire for four years.

Sununu was stymied in his attempt to set this up as a permanent program. Instead, he is trying a “pilot program” using $16 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds.

“Pilot programs” have a bad tendency to become permanent.

Rep. Jess Edwards, R-Auburn, also senses the unfairness of such a program, noting that it leaves out in the cold people who didn’t have the financial wherewithal for college and instead opted for the military or went straight to work.

The legislative fiscal committee has thus far rejected Sununu’s plan. It should continue to do so.

Friday, January 14, 2022

When did New Hampshire’s Republican Party develop such an inferiority complex? We reference its House majority attempting to stack the voting deck to win future congressional races in the 1st District while ceding the 2nd District to the Democrats. Somewhere the ghost of Jim Cleveland must b…

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

In the matter of Harmony Montgomery, age 7, missing for more than two years, New Hampshire is going to need more than the “it takes a village” platitudes coming from New Hampshire’s outgoing child advocate. New Hampshire needs a full and transparent audit and accounting of any and all intera…

Outside of the Salem area, where he lives and runs his Freshwater Farms business, and Concord, where he is president of the state Senate, Chuck Morse flies under the radar. That will surely change this year as he campaigns for the U.S. Senate. He has our thanks and best wishes. He has done e…

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Some things are supposed to go downhill in New Hampshire. Perhaps it is fitting that even as the state loses the institution that is Secretary of State Bill Gardner, alpine skiing has been turned upside down.

Friday, January 07, 2022

The New Hampshire House did the state a service this week in sustaining a gubernatorial veto of legislation that would overturn the long-held tradition of having state political primaries in the fall. Next year, it should make quick work of spiking a bill that would be worse than the first.

The continued efforts at both state and national levels to “forgive” student loans would stick taxpayers with even more debt while only encouraging the real source of the problem: rampant, incessant, and totally unjustified increases in post-secondary education costs. Colleges and universiti…

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

The New Hampshire Legislature meets today for the first time in the new year. One piece of legislation carried over from last year would require that local agencies provide 24 hours’ public notice whenever federal officials set up highway checkpoints to apprehend persons who have entered the…

The New Hampshire statute intended to prevent classroom discrimination based on a pupil’s race, gender, or religion sounds a lot like the State of Colorado’s constitutional prohibition against “any distinction or classification of pupils…on account of race or color.” The latter was adopted i…