NH bill: Use Keno cash for school building aid
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A new bill seeks to restore the state’s school building aid program while more adequately funding full-day kindergarten.
Senate Bill 266-FN, sponsored by state Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, would use Keno gambling revenue to reinstate building aid in order to help school districts make capital improvements. That revenue is projected to be $5.6 million in fiscal year 2020, the year the bill would take effect.
The state currently uses its Keno revenue to help districts cover the cost of full-day kindergarten. Rather than just simply diverting funds away from kindergarten, Watters’ bill also calls for the state to draw $14.83 million from its education trust fund to meet and surpass existing kindergarten grant levels.