NH Panel Recommends Considering Aid Suspension

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A legislative panel’s interim report on New Hampshire’s school construction aid program is recommending that lawmakers suspend aid for new applicants, but not before June 30.

The special committee voted 4-0 Tuesday to make that recommendation. The panel released its interim report. Its final report is due in November. Committee members had agreed that withdrawing state aid now could doom projects that would be considered this spring because the state pays up to 60 percent of the project costs.

The committee is studying changes to the cash-strapped aid program and its inequities, such as helping poorer districts that have a harder time getting local support for projects than wealthier districts. The report notes that state grants have grown 150 percent in the last decade.

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