Restore the $100 Million Dollars Cut to USNH by the NH Legislature over the last 2 years
  • Petitioned The Governor of New Hampshire and the NH State Legislature

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The Governor of New Hampshire and the NH State Legislature

Restore the $100 Million Dollars Cut to USNH by the NH Legislature over the last 2 years

    1. Petition by

      Peace and Justice League

We call upon you to restore NH State funding for the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) to pre-2011 rates of state funding in accordance with the Board of Trustees Biennial Budget Request. The USNH is comprised of four public, state-funded institutions – Univ. of New Hampshire, Keene State, Plymouth State, and Granite State College.

In 2011, the NH State Legislature implemented the largest cut to higher education in the history of our nation, cutting funding to the USNH by approximately $100 million across the biennium – a 49% reduction of state funding in a single year.

As a result, these cuts have forced reductions in funding to programs and departments, a salary freeze, the termination of positions, and a simultaneous increase in student tuition. The end result is that UNH students now graduate with the highest average debt loads in the country at $32,320 per student.

We demand that the Governor of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire State Legislature recommit to Funding Our Futures by restoring funding for the USNH to 2011 levels of $100 Million dollars.

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    • Susan Steele KEENE, NH
      • almost 2 years ago

      1 son graduated 2009, employed in NH as an engineer, youngest son currently student at Thompson school, UNH has given my son's an excellent education which is relevant to practical vocational fulfillment in New Hampshire.

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    • sarah Rao CONCORD, NH
      • almost 2 years ago

      i am an independent college student

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    • Ben Doller LEE, NH
      • almost 2 years ago

      Education should be one of the last options when balancing the budget, hopefully there are other options to be explored.

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    • Michele Craig NEWMARKET, NH
      • almost 2 years ago

      Education is the key to NH having a strong economy.

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    • Kelly Cullen DURHAM, NH
      • almost 2 years ago

      Everyone should be able to afford a good, quality education - regardless of their income. UNH gets the least state support of any Land Grant in the country. With $100 million restored, we will still be last. We aren't even asking to be average, just not so far behind every other state.

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