"The G.O.P is also cutting the education stability grants that the Senate allocated to property-poor districts.. This burdens towns & local property taxpayers. One in every 9 children in NH lives in poverty – less than $22k per year for a family of 3. Between 2008 & 2018, the proportion of children on free and reduced lunch rose almost 40%. NH has among the highest rates of college debt, highest tuition, highest growth in teen suicide. Educational achievement has been demonstrated over 50 years to vary with poverty and parental education more than race. Mental health problems can be caused or exacerbated by the stress of poverty and depression.Are NH leaders ferreting out the causes of child poverty, the causes of mental illness, to root them out? No, because they would have to admit that defunding government and giving the private sector free rein is not working."