NH Supreme Court Upholds Law Providing Tax Credits For Private Schools

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/28 2014 11:35AM

Updated 08/28 2014 11:57AM

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a law that provides education tax credits for private schools.

The ruling was unanimous. Justices said that because petitioners couldn't identify any personal injury from a Constitutional error, they failed to prove that the law is unconstitutional.

Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement following the Supreme Court ruling:

“I continue to believe that the voucher tax credit is unconstitutional and am disappointed that the Supreme Court did not rule on the underlying issue. The voucher tax credit is bad public policy for public education in New Hampshire and our taxpayers, diverting millions of dollars in taxpayer money with no accountability or oversight to religious and private schools at the expense of public schools and property taxpayers across the across the state. A robust and rigorous public education system is critical to better preparing our students for good jobs and successful careers, and I believe the legislature should repeal this misguided law in order to dedicate more of our limited resources to ensuring access to quality public education for all of our young people.”

The educational tax credit law was vetoed by then-Governor John Lynch (D), but was overridden by the legislature in 2012.

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