Concord, N.H. – Today, Democrats carried a long-championed policy across the finish line while Governor Sununu failed to deliver on a campaign promise of fully-funded full day kindergarten. In preceding months, the legislature took up a fully-funded version of the bill, in which every single Democrat in both chambers voted in favor while the majority of Republicans voted against.
NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:
“The governor broke a key campaign promise today. Instead of the fully-funded full day kindergarten he pledged on the campaign trail, he offered a half-measure and turned a blind eye while Republicans gutted even that. Because of Sununu’s abject failure to lead, Democrats were forced to pick up the pieces and salvage what was left for the sake of our kids. Governor Sununu and the Republicans always seem to make common sense a complicated calculus. While Democratic leaders would simply pass fully-funded full day kindergarten, Republicans need to cut it in half, tie it to gambling measures, and beg their members to vote yes. Real reform requires real champions, and Republicans are anything but.”