So did Shaheen’s first ever broad-based tax benefit the residents of New Hampshire? Just ask the students of the state’s public high schools - one justification for her new taxes - which had the lowest graduation rate of any state in New England, not to mention the more than 25% of students dropping out of school. Or perhaps you could ask Education Weekly, which gave New Hampshire a “D” in 2002 for improving teacher quality.
These are amazing statistics from a woman who called herself the “Education Governor” in 1996. More troubling was Shaheen’s veto of School Accountability Legislation that would have, among other things:
* Established criteria for measuring school performance standards
* Established an education improvement fund for the states Department of Education.
Even though Shaheen turned her back on the state’s students who actually remained in school; she must have been concerned about the high drop out rate in New Hampshire’s high schools.
When asked about the high drop out rate, Shaheen’s spokesperson said it was on par with the national average. Indicating the Shaheen administration was content with being average and having the lowest graduation rate of any New England state. Both of which are incredibly troubling opinions for the state’s highest elected official – especially one that touted herself as the “Education Governor.”
Now, six years later after she left office, New Hampshire is still burdened by Shaheen’s tax hike agenda that was intended to solve the education funding crisis. A continuing crisis Shaheen exacerbated through vetoes and a stunning failure to lead; leaving the problem for future Governors to attempt to solve.
While Shaheen has a record of politically motivated pandering and duplicity, Senator John Sununu has provided principled representation to New Hampshire. He has not pandered, nor tried to deceive the voters. Sununu has examined the issues and voted for what is best for New Hampshire and America.
When Granite Staters go to the polls this fall, they need to ask themselves if they want steady, honest leadership from the Senator who puts them first or would they rather have a tax happy Senator who votes which ever way the wind blows and puts New Hampshire residents last.
The choice is clear, the choice is John Sununu.