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Welcome to the UNH Works Legislative Blog.  We’ll update this space each Friday throughout the state legislative session with the latest UNH-related news from the State Capitol. Bookmark this page as your go-to source on UNH’s state legislative priorities and the actions you can take to advocate for a stronger UNH. If you haven't already, be sure to sign-up as a UNH Advocate to ensure you receive our action alert emails at critical times during the session.

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Gov. Chris Sununu signed the state budget Wednesday, closing another session of the Legislature. While there were some concerns lawmakers would not be able to agree on a final budget, the Republican majority was able to see past any internal differences to pass it.

Highlights:

  • $3 million for capital improvements at Plymouth State University in the capital budget.
  • $81 million each year in operating support for the University System, representing the fourth and fifth years of flat funding for the system.
  • $10 million for the Governor’s Scholarship Program. Many specifics of this new program still need to be worked out, but we know it will support NH students seeking nearly any kind of post-secondary credential in the state.

ACTION ITEM:  Unfortunately, during the final days of the session, House and Senate negotiators abandoned a bipartisan compromise on SB 43, relative to non-academic surveys, and chose to move ahead with the conservative Senate version. Please contact the Governor and ask him to veto SB 43.

UPCOMING:  With the session concluded, this will be the last regular post until the legislature picks up again next January. In the meantime, please be sure to sign-up as a UNH Advocate to stay posted on any important updates that may arise over the summer and fall.

We were pleased the budget committee of conference preserved funding for the University System throughout the week-long negotiations. As agreed to by the committee, the system will remain flat-funded for the next two years at $81 million annually. Thank you to those advocates who reached out to the conferees to express support for public higher education, and to the committee members for protecting this funding.

Unfortunately, the committee of conference on the non-academic survey legislation did not turn out as well. Conferees agreed to the more conservative Senate position on the bill. We are concerned that this legislation will severely curtail important school-based research in the state, and are asking members to oppose to the committee report when it comes up for a vote.

UPCOMING:  The House and Senate will vote on the budget and the other committee of conference agreements on Thursday. It is unclear if there are votes to pass the budget in the House, or if the legislature will need to pass a continuing resolution and return to Concord later in the fall.