Action Items

Legislative Agenda

During the state legisltive session, we monitor and engage on dozens of bills that could impact the university's students, research and operations, most notably the biannual state budget bills. Click the titles below to learn more about our current legislative priorities. This list will be continually updated thoughout the session.

Please click here to take action on any of the items that interest you!

      

Increasingly, one of the biggest hindrances to economic growth in New Hampshire is the state’s inability to retain and attract the skilled talent that our largest and fastest-growing industries require to succeed. New Hampshire is a leading exporter of college-going students. Of the state’s high school graduates who choose to attend college, nearly 60% do so in another state.  The state is also last in the nation in terms of public support for higher education, making it more expensive for New Hampshire residents to attend New Hampshire’s public colleges and universities.

 

State operating dollars are used by UNH for two purposes: primarily, to subsidize tuition for New Hampshire resident students, and also to fund statutorily required programs. If approved, the USNH budget request would provide an average per-student subsidy of about $5,500 and $5,900 in fiscal years 2018 and 2019, respectively. This request would provide vital support to encourage more New Hampshire high school students to attend public higher education in our state. Importantly, New Hampshire students who attend college in New Hampshire are more likely to stay, work and live in our state, directly benefitting our future workforce and building strong communities.

In conjunction with the workforce focus of the system’s operating budget request, the USNH board has adopted a six-year state capital budget program to prepare more students for jobs in the state’s fastest growing high-tech sectors.

The first portion of this program is the Biological Sciences Initiative at UNH.  If approved, the request would allow for the renovation and expansion of Spaulding and Conant halls to replace aging teaching and laboratory research space, some of which has not been updated since 1960.  This project will allow UNH to increase enrollment in high-demand STEM majors by 250 students and ensure those students are being trained on the equipment they will encounter in their careers after UNH.