NHDP Statement: Democrats pass fully funded full-day kindergarten, reject Sununu’s half-baked plan

Concord, N.H. – Today, New Hampshire House Democrats pushed through legislation to fully fund full-day kindergarten. Governor Sununu proposed a reduced, targeted version of full-day kindergarten in his budget in February and appointed an Education Commissioner opposed to the initiative. The House voted 247-116 with every single Democrat present (160) voting in favor and a majority of Republicans (115 of 202) voting against the legislation.

In past years, it has been the Republican Party acting to defeat full-day kindergarten legislation. In 2016, House Republicans voted 199 to 9 against similar legislation. In 2015, Republican Senator John Reagan and Senate Republicans laid a version of the legislation on the table.

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:

“Governor Sununu was pushed to support fully funded full-day kindergarten on the campaign trail and broke that promise with his budget proposal and appointment of Frank Edelblut as Education Commissioner. Today, Democrats held him accountable for his broken promise by finally providing every child in the state full-day kindergarten instead of ceding to his half-baked budget proposal. Democrats carried the bill across the finish line in the House, with every single Democratic House member voting for the legislation while a majority of Republican members voted against it.  Sununu’s inability to lead almost cost us full-day kindergarten. Today was another example of why we need Democrats in the State House.”

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