New Hampshire citizens are free to contact their state lawmakers about their concerns with state issues. New Hampshire voters can find out who their state lawmakers are and how to contact them at this website. University employees who want to contact their lawmakers do so solely as private citizens representing their own personal views, and should do so only on their own time and with their own resources. Only authorized University personnel are allowed to represent the University before the Legislature. In their official capacity, University leaders are using the following talking points found here as a guide.
How does the budget process work in New Hampshire?
The New Hampshire Legislature approved a state budget in June that cuts state support for the University System of New Hampshire by 50 percent. For UNH, this means a historic loss of $33 million.
New Hampshire was already last in the nation in per capita support for public higher education before the budget was approved, and this was the deepest percentage cut in the nation this year. In response, UNH froze salaries and hiring and reduced costs to cover 80 percent of the cut. University System trustees also voted to increase in-state tuition by an additional $650. This comes on top of previous increases, raising the cost of attending UNH for in-state students by 8.7 percent.
The State of New Hampshire operates on a two-year budget cycle. Although there are no immediate plans to amend the budget in the upcoming Legislative session, we will remain vigilant in monitoring UNH-related issues as lawmakers return to Concord this fall.