MANCHESTER – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today called on the Senate Finance Committee to ask the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) about the impact of sabbaticals on the cost of tuition for students at the schools. Recently, drawing on research by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, AFP-NH State Director Greg Moore wrote an op-ed that revealed that sabbaticals have cost the USNH system nearly $65 million, at the minimum, over the past 10 years. USNH will present its budget proposal to the Senate Finance Committee at 11:30 AM this morning.
“At a cost of $6.5 million each year to pay professors not to teach, we think that that the Senate should be asking if putting a moratorium on sabbaticals would be a good way to keep tuition down or to reduce the burden on New Hampshire taxpayers,” said Moore. “Other states have found this to be an effective strategy during difficult budgets. The legislature here should get the answers about how we can take steps to help our working families at this time when New Hampshire is still struggling to recover. This is common sense step for our university system to take to make college more affordable.”