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Sununu speaks to students, citizens

  • Gov. Chris Sununu spoke at a Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary meeting on Thursday, July 26. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Gov. Chris Sununu spoke at a Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary meeting on Thursday, July 26. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Gov. Chris Sununu spoke at a Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary meeting on Thursday, July 26. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Gov. Chris Sununu visited Franklin Pierce University on Thursday to speak with PResident Kim Mooney and Camp BEST. Photo credit: Andrew Cunningham, Franklin Pierce University—

  • Gov. Chris Sununu visited Franklin Pierce University on Thursday to speak with President Kim Mooney and Camp BEST. Photo BY Andrew Cunningham - Franklin Pierce University

  • Gov. Chris Sununu visited Franklin Pierce University on Thursday to speak with PResident Kim Mooney and Camp BEST. Photo credit: Andrew Cunningham, Franklin Pierce University—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 10:22AM

Gov. Chris Sununu praised a local summer camp at the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary breakfast on Thursday, highlighting it as a program rife with opportunity for children in the Jaffrey-Rindge area.

Sununu was referring to Camp BEST – formerly known as Camp Quest – a free summer camp held at Franklin Pierce University in July for Jaffrey and Rindge middle school students. The program, which supports 80 to 90 children, is a joint program between SAU 47 and Franklin Pierce University and provides academic enrichment programs in the morning and traditional camp activities in the afternoon.

“You guys are dealing with creating opportunities for these kids in these summer programs that I think is absolutely phenomenal,” Sununu said. “… providing kids with opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have, that’s how you close the gap.”

Programs like Camp BEST are especially important, Sununu said, as the summer creates the potential for negative things – like food insecurity – that impact children.

Sununu also took time to answer questions from Rotary members, before departing for the Franklin Pierce University campus, where he spoke with FPU President Kim Mooney and the BEST campers.

“A lot of the property tax increases over the last 20 years have come from administrations downshifting cost to you, downshifting liability to you. I’m downshifting cash, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars,” Sununu said, when questioned about property taxes. “I believe that we have to completely restructure how we fund our schools, that’s the vast majority of property taxes.”

Sununu called for the legislature to have more authority in controlling school funding, so that citizens can work with their legislators to address priorities.

Sununu also said he was worried about high electricity costs in the state – the highest in the nation – and their impact on citizens, especially those on fixed incomes.

“It’s not that I don’t believe in subsidies… that’s fine as long as we are looking through the lens of the ratepayer,” Sununu said.

He admitted to getting a lot of flak for vetoing SB 365 – which if passed, would have mandated that the state buy energy at 80-percent of the default energy rate.

“That would’ve raised your taxes $25 million per year forever. I was going to tax everyone else that turned on the lights – fixed income, low income – they would’ve paid to keep an industry that has no financially solvent model anywhere in the near future around,” Sununu said.