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Portsmouth, NH To Kick Off Nationwide “Concert Across America To End Gun Violence” Sept. 23rd

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PORTSMOUTH, NH On September 23 at 3S Artspace, musicians and advocates in the Portsmouth, NH area will kick off the nationwide Concert Across America to End Gun Violence with a concert featuring renowned local musicians who support the cause of ending gun violence. 

Most of the nation’s concerts take place September 25, a day Congress has set aside as the Day of Remembrance of Murder Victims. However, the Portsmouth, NH concert will be the first of 200+ concerts planned in all 50 states that weekend to remember victims of gun violence. Musical performances around the country will bring together thousands of concert organizers, performers and attendees to remember victims of gun violence and add their voices to a growing national chorus calling on our nation’s leaders to end a public health crisis that claims the lives of more than 30,000 Americans each year. Each concert is connected via social media using #ConcertAcrossAmerica and #EndGunViolence. All concerts are listed online at http://www.concertacrossamerica.org 

By taking part in the Portsmouth concert, participants are asking federal and state leaders to take reasonable, commonsense steps to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, like requiring background checks on every gun sold.

“I am tired of being silent on this issue,” said Elissa Margolin, one of the local organizers and performers. “Gun violence is clearly a public health crisis at this point and I look forward to coming together with other like-minded people and doing more as a community, as a state and as a nation to reverse this disturbing trend.” 

“As a victim of gun violence, I am appalled that there is such apathy toward this issue,” said Anne Lyczak, whose husband was killed in a Portsmouth shooting in 1994. “I’m grateful to all the musicians involved for caring enough to participate locally in a nationwide call to end gun violence. Their energy and talent will shine a much-needed spotlight on the issue. Our country’s lack of respect for human life is pathetic. I hope this concert demonstrates interest in solutions and leads to better decision-making by the voters and our elected leaders.”

When: September 23, 2016, 6:30-11:00pm

Where:  3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan Street, Portsmouth NH 03801

What: Concert Across America Portsmouth, NH featuring local musicians:

Martin England and the Reconstructed will headline the Portsmouth Concert.

Also performing will be The Look Backs, Chris Guzikowski & The Grim Brothers and River Sister. DJ Skooch will start spinning at 6:30 pm and Sam Harding will be the emcee for the evening.

Tickets: $10 on sale now

National partners include a long list of organizations allied to end gun violence. 

For more information about the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence, visit www.concertacrossamerica  or find Portsmouth tickets at http://concertacrossamericaportsmouth.brownpapertickets.com. For Portsmouth event info, email concertacrossamericaportsmouth@gmail.com or call 603-489-7849.


About the Concert Across America

The Concert Across America will take place on Sept. 25, the date designated by Congress in 2007 as a day of remembrance for murder victims. This nationwide event will bring together a network of organizations, activists and artists with the dual goals of keeping guns out of dangerous hands and making the issue of illegal guns top of mind for members of Congress, the presidential candidates, and the American people as they go to the polls in November 2016.

Senator Sanborn Lines His Pockets By Refusing To Raise The Minimum Wage

The Hypocrisy Of Senator Sanborn’s Opposition To Raising The Minimum Wage

For many years now New Hampshire legislators have been locked in a battle over raising the state’s minimum wage. After Republicans repealed the state’s minimum wage law, the New Hampshire minimum wage defaults to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. For “tipped” workers the starting wage is even worse. The state’s tipped minimum wage is $3.30 an hour.

One of the biggest opponents to raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage is businessman and State Senator Andy Sanborn. Sanborn owns “The Draft Sports Bar and BBQ Grill” in Concord.

In his opposition to raising the minimum wage Sanborn states that raising the minimum wage is a “war on employers” but fails to mention that his vote against an increase is all about protecting his own self interest.

In August, Sanborn’s bar The Draft put up listings on Craigslist and iHireHospitalityServices looking for servers at a starting wage of $3.50 an hour plus tips.

iHireHospitalityServices - 09-01-16Jeanne Dietsch, a Democrat and successful technology entrepreneur seeking the nomination on September 13 to challenge Sanborn in District 9, took Sanborn to task for paying poverty wages in a statement released Tuesday morning:

“This confirmation that Sen. Sanborn pays his servers a starting wage of $3.50 an hour explains why he has been such a vocal opponent of raising the minimum wage in New Hampshire. Taxpayers pick up the tab for underpaid employees’ food stamps and health care subsidies, while their employers pocket profits.

“Republicans argue raising wages will cause prices to rise and no one will be better off. However, our economy is being dragged down by the low wages employers like Sanborn, are paying. Young workers are living with parents because they can’t afford to start their own households, buy their own furniture and appliances. Workers with families have no discretionary income to drive the consumer economy. Raising the minimum wage will put more money in people’s pockets to spend in local businesses, and that’s what will raise all boats.

“Employers who pay lower than a living wage are not job creators. They are moochers, who expect the rest of us to pick up the bill for their workers’ food stamps and health care subsidies. That’s probably why Sen. Sanborn’s $3.50 per hour wage would be against the law in 22 states – and not just ‘blue’ states or ‘rich’ states. In Alaska, the minimum wage for tipped workers is $9.75 an hour. In Montana, it’s $8.05 an hour. In Nevada, it’s $8.25 an hour.

“It’s time to raise the minimum wage in New Hampshire, including a raise for tipped workers. Raising the minimum wage will boost our economy, save taxpayers money and help moms and dads better care for their families.”

In 2013, over 11,000 workers were paid at or below the minimum wage. One recent proposal would have raised the minimum wage to $9.00 that would have lifted the wages of over 76,000 workers in the Granite State. An increase to $9.00 would boost the wages of 11% of hourly workers in the Concord area alone and 12% across the entire state. Republicans in the New Hampshire Senate rejected this proposal.

In February of this year, Senate Republicans rejected another proposal by Senator Donna Soucy to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12.00 an hour. According to a report by the Economic Policy Institute, raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage to $12 would have benefitted 141,000 New Hampshire workers, 60% of which are women and 84% of which are above the age of 20.

With the 9th highest cost of living in the country, low-wage workers are forced to work two or three jobs just to pay their rent. To keep the cost of housing below 35% of their income, a minimum wage worker in New Hampshire would need to work at least 100 hours a week.

It is time to elect representatives who will follow the will of the people, not their own greedy self interests. Over 70% of Granite Staters support a minimum wage increase to $10 an hour, yet Republicans like Senator Sanborn continue to reject even modest increases.

NH Building Trades Announces Endorsement of Kris Roberts for NH Senate in District 10

Manchester – Friday, Steve Burk, President of the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council, announced their endorsement of Kris Roberts in his campaign for New Hampshire’s 10th State Senate seat. 

“The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council is proud to announce our endorsement of Kris Roberts in his campaign for the New Hampshire District 10 State Senate seat,” said President Burk. “Of all of the candidates seeking our endorsement, Representative Roberts was the only individual who left us with the belief that he stands behind all of the workers in our industry. In his 12 years as a New Hampshire State Representative, Kris has never wavered in his support for working families. We’re proud that he has unequivocally pledged to support passing a Prevailing Wage law for New Hampshire, which will raise wages and keep more of our hard earned tax dollars in the local economy. We look forward to working with Kris in the Senate.” 

The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council is an organization of 16 New Hampshire labor unions, representing more than 2,000 New Hampshire workers in the construction industry.

“I am running for the Senate 10 seat because I believe I am the only person that can pick up from where Senator Kelly left-off; starting day one,” wrote Rep Kris Roberts on his campaign website. “I am running because I have a proven track record.  Between my time in the Marine Corps, community service and elected political office I have almost 40 years of public service.”

According to Roberts website he is a strong proponent of raising the minimum wage, fully funding our public education system, ending the death penalty, and supporting Planned Parenthood.

Roberts is running in a highly contested Democratic Primary against Jay Kahn, who was recently endorsed by both of the New Hampshire Teachers Unions, and first term State Representative Ben Tilton.

Beth Roth for Executive Council Campaign Announces Seacoast Steering Committee

 SALEM, NH, August 31, 2016 – Some of the Seacoast region’s most influential Democrats have joined together to form the Beth Roth for Executive Council Seacoast Steering Committee.

Elected leaders, both current and former, including city councilors, state representatives and senators, nonprofit and business leaders and long-time Democratic Party activists are among those who will advise the campaign as it moves toward the state primary election Sept. 13 and into the general election.

“Beth Roth’s professional background as an attorney, mental health counselor, nurse and teacher is almost tailor-made to prepare her for the role of Executive Councilor,” said NH State Senator Martha Fuller Clark, a member of the campaign’s Seacoast Steering Committee. “She was also the first woman to Chair Salem’s Board of Selectmen, served on the Planning Board and Historic Commission, and led countless community initiatives through hard work and persistence. This is someone who does not take commitment lightly, and is hands-down the most qualified, experienced and hardworking candidate for Executive Council District 3.” 

“I’m pleased and honored to have the support and guidance from some of the most well-respected community leaders of the Seacoast,” said Beth Roth. “This Committee knows the importance of experienced leadership, and with their help, I believe I can win the Democratic primary and general election, and serve the people well.” 

Beth Roth campaign’s Seacoast Steering Committee includes:  NH State Senator Martha Fuller Clark, Hampton Falls Town Chair Elaine Ahearn, 1st Vice Chair Portsmouth Democrats Laurie McCray, Former NHDP Chair Michael King, Former NHDP Chair Joe Grandmaison, NH Democratic Activist Melanie Muns, NH State Representative Becky McBeath, NH Democratic Activists Gary and Lenore Patton, NH State Representative Laura Pantelakos, Former US Senate Candidate John Rauh, Secretary of the NH Women’s Foundation Mary Rauh, NH Democratic Activist Joan Jacobs, Former NHDP 1st Vice Chair Deb Crapo, NH State Representative Gerry Ward, Portsmouth City Councilor Nancy Pearson, UNH Professor Emeritus Dwight Webb, and Rye Democrats Co-Chair Ronnie Werner. 

Beth Roth is an attorney from Salem with an extensive background as a mental health counselor and nurse. Roth served two terms on Salem’s Board of Selectmen and was the first woman to serve as its chair. She is a Democratic candidate for Executive Council in District 3. For more information about the campaign, visit www.bethroth4nh.net.

 

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Communities in Executive Council District 3: Atkinson, Brentwood, Chester, Danville, Derry, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, New Castle

AFT-NH Endorses Roger Tilton for NH Senate, District 11

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Roger Tilton, Democratic candidate for NH Senate in District 11 (Merrimack, Amherst, Milford, and Wilton) has received the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers-NH.  Doug Ley, president of AFT-NH, praised Roger’s commitment to public education, raising NH’s minimum wage, and embracing a politics of common sense and openness, not ideology and divisiveness.  AFT-NH represents some 4,000 New Hampshire working people, ranging from para-educators to police, teachers to public employees.

“We share in AFT’s vision of advocating for fairness, equal opportunity, and high-quality public education as a key lever to economic growth,” Tilton said, “The vitality of our democracy depends on the health of our public sphere.  I support our educators, police, and other public employees who provide essential services that are too often taken for granted.”

Tilton will be visiting public high schools in District 11 this fall, talking with students and teachers about civic responsibility and his choice to run for office.  “I first became aware of politics as and eight-year-old, in 1968, due to the assassination of two great leaders.  In 1974, inspired by Jerry Brown’s run for governor, I ran for class president.  I won, and I have been inspired to help, and lead, ever since,” he said.

Tilton has been a long time supporter of organized labor including a stint as a union organizer. Tilton helped AFTRA organize production workers at KING5, Seattle’s NBC affiliate in the late 80’s. As a former union organizer, Tilton understands the true power unions and collective bargaining.

“The past 40 years have not produced fair gains for the people who put the economy in motion, and without taking steps in the other direction we will not change anything. I know first-hand the immediate and long-term beneficial impact that organizing workers has on their working conditions and standards of living. I will support both those who have organized, and those who need help in doing so,” said Tilton in a May interview with the NH Labor News.

Tilton said he opposes so-called Right to Work legislation and any other attacks on workers rights to form unions and collectively bargain.

“So-called ‘right to work’ legislation has been shown to reduce wages, decrease worker safety and protection, and slow regional economic development. ‘Right to Work’ makes sense for big businesses taking big profits out of the local area, but it makes no sense for the people in towns like Wilton, Milford, Amherst, or Merrimack,” added Tilton.

AFT-NH: Maggie Hassan Is Deeply Committed To Students, Teachers And Their Families

Hassan’s commitment to students, teachers and their families has earned the American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire

aft sqaureCONCORD – Today, the American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire (AFT-NH) announced its endorsement of Governor Maggie Hassan for United States Senate. AFT-NH represents over 3,600 Granite Staters, including teachers, school support staff, police, higher education faculty, and town employees.

“I’m honored to have earned the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire as we work to ensure that students have a strong education at all levels. Coming from a family of educators where a commitment to students runs deep, I understand how important it is to support students, teachers, and their families,”  said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Unfortunately, Senator Kelly Ayotte has stood with her party leaders and special interest backers like the Koch Brothers in supporting reckless policies that would cut funding for K-12 education and make college more expensive for Granite State students. Education is essential to expanding economic opportunity and ensuring that all of our young people are equipped to compete in our changing global economy, and in the United States Senate I will fight to ensure that all students have access to a high quality education.” 

“Throughout her time in office, Governor Maggie Hassan has demonstrated a deep commitment to fighting for students, teachers, and their families. Time and again, Governor Hassan has shown she can bring people together to get results for Granite State students, from K-12 all the way through higher education, and that is exactly the approach that she will take in the Senate,” said AFT-NH President Doug Ley. “Governor Hassan’s strong record in supporting our students stands in sharp contrast with Senator Kelly Ayotte, who has voted for policies that would slash school funding and make college more expensive. AFT-NH is proud to stand with Maggie, because we know that she will always stand with students and teachers in the Senate.”

At the K-12 level, Governor Maggie Hassan has fought to protect funding levels for New Hampshire’s public schools, launched a Science Technology Engineering and Math Task Force to modernize STEM education, developed a new program to partner manufacturing companies with local schools and led efforts to reduce standardized testing in favor of more locally managed assessments – a model that is expanding nationally based on New Hampshire’s success. Governor Hassan has also fought to make college more affordable for students and families while building a 21st century workforce pipeline for our businesses. Under Maggie’s leadership, New Hampshire froze in-state tuition at our universities for the first time in 25 years and reduced tuition at community colleges.

In the Senate, Governor Hassan will fight to expand early childhood education, focus on STEM and encourage more participation by girls and young women, give New Hampshire schools the flexibility to put federal dollars to the best possible use and continue the Granite State’s leadership in empowering local school districts, students and teachers. Maggie will also fight to expand Pell Grants, lower interest rates on student loans, allow borrowers to refinance at today’s lower rates and work toward the goal of debt-free public college for all. She will also work to expand apprenticeship opportunities and make federal higher education grants and loans more flexible to support adult workers who are learning new skills. 

Meanwhile, Senator Kelly Ayotte has put her party leaders and special interests backers ahead of Granite State students. Senator Ayotte has said she would eliminate or drastically cut the Department of Education, and has sided with the Koch Brothers in supporting reckless budgets that included steep cuts to K-12 education and slashed funding for Pell Grants. Ayotte is also pushing a student loan bill that has been called a “sweetheart deal” for Wall Street.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Endorses Lee Nyquist for State Senate

Nyquist Continues to Build Support Among Working Families Across District

New Boston — Lee Nyquist received the endorsement of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 today as the result of his decades long record of community involvement and his willingness to give voice to the challenges facing hardworking Granite Staters.

“Lee has a strong record of serving his community, and that’s what I look for in a candidate,” said Bedford resident and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member Jeremy Dupuis. “We need a senator who stands up for working people, who’ll fight to make sure all workers earn a living wage, and will work to create educational opportunities that allow our businesses and communities to thrive.”

Nyquist, who has served as the town moderator of New Boston for 24 years, as a past president of the New Hampshire Lakes Association, and serves on New Hampshire’s Workforce Investment Board will be a fierce advocate for working people in New Hampshire’s state senate. 

“I am honored to have the endorsement of SEA/SEIU Local 1984, and I look forward to working hard for our hardworking families in the state senate,” said Nyquist. “Right now, many hardworking Granite Staters are forced to make impossible choices as their bills continue to come due while they earn the federal starvation wage of $7.25 an hour. In the state senate I look forward to using the experience I’ve gained from serving on New Hampshire’s Workforce Investment Board to help build partnerships between stakeholders in our education, business, and labor communities.”

SEA/SEIU 1984’s endorsement of Lee Nyquist follows the endorsements of the New Hampshire Chapters of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers last week. Nyquist’s record of advocacy for all New Hampshire families continues to resonate with working families, representatives, and unions throughout District 9.

AFT-NH Announces Their Endorsement Of Andru Volinsky For Executive Council

Public School Advocate And Claremont Decision Lawyer Receives Big Endorsement From AFT-NH

Andru Volinsky CroppedConcord, NH—Yesterday, Executive Council candidate Andru Volinsky received the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers of New Hampshire after years of dedication to public employees and supporting public education.  

Volinsky an attorney and most widely known for being lead counsel in the historic Claremont School District v Governor of New Hampshire case.  Volinsky was one of the three lawyers who represented the Claremont School District in their fight against the State for adequate school funding.  The Claremont decision forced the State to reevaluate how they disperse state funds to local schools and increased the stated contributions by over 8%.

WMUR reports that “[Volinsky] is currently representing the City of Dover in its lawsuit against the state contending that the cap on state adequacy money to school districts violates the state constitution.”

Volinsky also served as lead special counsel for the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation in its administrative prosecution of the Local Government Center.  That proceeding resulted in an Order requiring the return of over $50 million to local communities which will serve to reduce local property taxes and support the employment of teachers, firefighters and other public employees.

aft sqaure“From his work as the lead attorney on the Claremont School Funding suit to his continued involvement in fair public education funding and preserving the integrity of New Hampshire’s retirement system—issues of vital interest to the members of AFT-NH—Andru has proven his dedication to the working people of our state,” said AFT-NH President Doug Ley. “AFT-NH is proud to endorse Andru Volinsky for the Executive Council in District 2.”

“AFT-NH’s endorsement, and the support of New Hampshire’s education community, is a great honor,” said Volinsky. “As Executive Councilor, I will continue to fight to ensure that every New Hampshire child receives a quality education, regardless of their zip code and every New Hampshire retirement system member, including educators, first responders, and state employees, is supported.”

Local Education Leaders Endorse Jeanne Dietsch In NH Senate District 9 Primary

District 9 State Senate candidate Jeanne Dietsch and State Rep. Ivy Vann burned the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) “pledge” in front of Peterborough’s historic Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Hall on Grove Street on August 3rd.

District 9 State Senate candidate Jeanne Dietsch and State Rep. Ivy Vann burned the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) “pledge” in front of Peterborough’s historic Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Hall on Grove Street on August 3rd.

Educators tout Dietsch’s commitment to quality education for all children, keeping the state’s promises to students and teachers 

Peterborough, NH—The Jeanne Dietsch for NH Senate campaign released endorsements this morning from education leaders who have worked in the local schools and live in Senate District 9.

Said Dietsch, “If we want to build companies with good-paying jobs, if we want young people to live in New Hampshire, we must provide educational excellence, which requires that we fulfill our responsibilities to our teachers and our students. I will work to ensure that our teachers have the freedom and the resources to actually teach, not just prep their students for standardized tests. And I’ll work to ensure that our students are challenged, empowered and equipped to pursue their dreams in the 21st Century.”

Local education leaders endorsing Dietsch gave these statements explaining their support:

May Clark, former Chairperson, ConVal School Board, Dublin:

“Jeanne Dietsch served with me for three years on the ConVal School Board during the time that I was the chairperson. She was then, as she is now, level-headed, energetic, and committed to making the best decisions to further the quality of education for all of our children. Jeanne was an asset to the School Board in those days, and I know she will be an effective leader in the New Hampshire state Senate.”

Greg Scerbinski, ConVal High School economics teacher for 34 years and former ConVal Education Association president, Peterborough:

“As a retired teacher and lifelong member of NEA-NH, I’ll be voting for Jeanne Dietsch for state Senate in District 9 because I know Jeanne will fight for good schools and for keeping the state’s promises to our students and our teachers. She’ll work to restore teachers’ freedom to actually teach, give our youth a top-notch education, restore state aid to schools to help lower property taxes and honor the commitments the state has made to retired educators. I’ve known Jeanne for over 20 years, and I know she’ll be there for us.”

Mary Lou O’Neil, School to Career Coordinator at ConVal High School, Hancock:

“As the School To Career Coordinator at ConVal High School for nearly 20 years, I know we need to find jobs for our graduates and we need more young people to ‘stay, work and play’ in NH. Jeanne gets that – and that’s important to me – and to the economic development of our region. Of all the candidates running for NH state Senate, I’m supporting Jeanne because she has a vision for how to keep and attract young families and entrepreneurial people who will start home-grown New Hampshire-based businesses. As a successful business person herself, Jeanne knows how to help start-ups thrive here while protecting New Hampshire’s quality of life. Her business background will also be a big plus in the general election. In short, I believe in Jeanne’s vision for how to reinvigorate the local economy, I respect her business expertise, and I admire the passion and energy she is bringing to her campaign for the NH state Senate.” 

Dietsch is running for state Senate in District 9, which includes Bedford, Dublin, Greenfield, Fitzwilliam, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Richmond, Sharon, Temple and Troy. Her website is www.JeanneDietsch.org.

NEA-NH Endorses Maggie Hassan For US Senate Over Kelly Ayotte

CONCORD – Today, National Education Association-New Hampshire (NEA-NH), the state’s largest educator and public employee union, announced its backing of Governor Maggie Hassan for United States Senate.

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the National Education Association-New Hampshire and to stand with them as we continue working to advance educational opportunities for all of our students,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “When our young people are equipped with a strong education, we are able to expand opportunity and ensure that our workforce can to compete in our changing global economy. And it is unacceptable that politicians in Washington like Senator Kelly Ayotte have put their special interest backers ahead of our students. Every student, no matter their zip code, deserves to have access to a quality education, and in the United States Senate, I will continue fighting to support all of our students and educators.”

“Throughout her time in office, Maggie Hassan has consistently stood up for students, educators, and their families,” said NEA-NH President Scott McGilvray. “As our Governor, Maggie has fought to protect funding in our K-12 schools and has worked tirelessly to make college more affordable, and we know she’ll continue fighting for us in the Senate. Unlike Senator Kelly Ayotte, who has consistently put her political party and special interest backers before Granite State students, Governor Hassan will always put New Hampshire first. Governor Hassan understands that our state and nation are better off when students have access to a quality education, and we are proud to recommend her to be our next United States Senator.”

At the K-12 level, Governor Maggie Hassan has fought to protect funding levels for New Hampshire’s public schools, launched a Science Technology Engineering and Math Task Force to modernize STEM education, developed a new program to partner manufacturing companies with local schools and led efforts to reduce standardized testing in favor of more locally managed assessments – a model that is expanding nationally based on New Hampshire’s success. Governor Hassan has also fought to make college more affordable for students and families while building a 21st century workforce pipeline for our businesses. Under Maggie’s leadership, New Hampshire froze in-state tuition at our universities for the first time in 25 years and reduced tuition at community colleges.

In the Senate, Governor Hassan will fight to expand early childhood education, focus on STEM and encourage more participation by girls and young women, give New Hampshire schools the flexibility to put federal dollars to the best possible use and continue the Granite State’s leadership in empowering local school districts, students and teachers. Maggie will also fight to expand Pell Grants, lower interest rates on student loans, allow borrowers to refinance at today’s lower rates and work toward the goal of debt-free public college for all. She will also work to expand apprenticeship opportunities and make federal higher education grants and loans more flexible to support adult workers who are learning new skills.

Meanwhile, Senator Kelly Ayotte has put her party leaders and special interests backers ahead of Granite State students. Senator Ayotte has said she would eliminate or drastically cut the Department of Education, and has supported reckless Paul Ryan budgets that included steep cuts to K-12 education. Ayotte has also voted for deep cuts to Pell Grants while voting against allowing students to refinance their student loans

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