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Commissioners have proven to be inept at administering funds

To The Daily Sun,

One reads that the county commissioners have decided to redraft the budget which was due on December 1 to include an additional $136,000 in spending. What is the statutory basis for this request? Why would anyone be inclined to support a new and expanded budget when the commissioners have proven to be so inept in administering funds?

When the 2017 commissioner's budget was agreed upon by a 2 to 1 vote on December 5, it was after a $1,175,000 mistake in the first budget, which was approved on December 2. That first budget was a non-starter once the Department of Revenue Administration discovered the county's mistake. After some trimming by Mr. DeVoy to attempt to bridge the the difference between the December 2 budget and perceived county needs, Mr. Taylor balked, which action produced a tie vote. To secure Mr. Taylor's vote, Mr. DeVoy added two expensive and unnecessary employees. To pay for these additional personnel and to compensate for other unneeded expenses, the two commissioners increased the drawdown on the fund balance by $408,657 The irony of their later complaint of an insufficient fund balance seems lost on them.

Their is waste and inefficiency in finance and administration. Corrections has not skillfully used the additional corrections officers put in place over the past two years If it is felt that more correctional officers should be
put in place then they should be part time officers as the county has the ability to hire up to five more full time equivalent personnel. Some outside agencies absolutely should have their county budgets cut or, in two cases,
eliminated completely.

Dick Burchell
Gilmanton Iron Works

 

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Lack of funding for full-day K here in N.H. is a big hurdle for N.H. children

To The Daily Sun,

Our state continues to struggle with a tragic opioid epidemic, which has caused an increase of crime in our communities.

There are many ways we can tackle this problem, but one I believe can help in the long run is high-quality early education.

Unfortunately, New Hampshire is one of the only states east of the Mississippi River without state-funded preschool, putting our kids at an early disadvantage compared to those from other states. Further, our state does not provide full-day kindergarten to all of our students.

We must do more to provide a high-quality early education for our kids. There are too many benefits to ignore.

In New Hampshire and across the country, early learning programs such as high-quality pre-K and full-day kindergarten have shown lasting gains in academic achievement, increased graduation rates and reduced crime rates.

Children living in poverty who don't participate in high-quality early education programs are much more likely to drop out of school and not attend college.

Additionally, they are 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime and 40 percent more likely to become a teen parent.

Simply put, kids who don't have access to high-quality education early in life often start behind and don't catch up to their peers. Not only does that affect their chances of success later in life, but our society in general experiences the repercussions.

Even the most advanced and well-resourced police forces can only go so far to stop crime. Technology and equipment can only do so much. The best way to stop crime is to prevent it from happening. Fundamental changes to existing systems are the way to do this, starting with full day kindergarten. I believe providing a full day of kindergarten to our youngest residents will help keep them in school longer and prepare them for college down the road, decreasing their likelihood to turn to crime. High-quality early education is one key to ensuring the safety and security of our communities.

There is no question that lack of funding for full-day kindergarten is one of the biggest hurdles for children here in the Granite State. But the cost of investing in early education now is less than paying for costly interventions later. This is a smart and necessary investment.

Fortunately, there is bipartisan support for funding full-day kindergarten here in New Hampshire.

Last month, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers introduced House Bill 155, legislation that would provide funding for full-day kindergarten programs in New Hampshire.

I urge the members of the Legislature to pass this bill and make sure all kids in our state have the opportunity to attend a high-quality, full-day kindergarten program.

Scott Hilliard

Merrimack County Sheriff

 

 

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