MANCHESTER – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today filed a Right to Know request with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) to determine the cost of a conference held this month on prostitution and other “sex workers.” A story in Foster’s Daily Democrat said the conference was titled, “No bad women: Just bad laws” and included a prostitute from California, as well as others who “work in the sex industry” who traveled to the event from out of state.
“Last week, the University System came before the Senate Finance committee and said they needed an additional $12 million in taxpayer subsidies,” said Greg Moore AFP-NH State Director. “At the same time, they indicated that the system had gone to great lengths to reduce all unnecessary expenditures. That’s why we think it’s critical to find out just how much money UNH spent on this conference, so that state policymakers can decide if there is more fat to trim from the System budget that can save taxpayers from any additional burden.”
The news of the conference comes weeks after the Americans for Prosperity Foundation – New Hampshire revealed that the University System has spent at least $65 million over the past 10 years on professors’ sabbaticals.
“The top focus of the University System should be on getting costs down to lower the price of tuition for New Hampshire students without asking the state’s hard working families to pay higher taxes,” added Moore. “Paying millions of dollars for professors not to teach or bringing prostitutes in from California certainly seems inconsistent with the idea of maximizing the value of our higher education funding. It’s time for our state universities to get back to basics to achieve their mission more efficiently, just as families and small businesses across the state have done in these difficult economic times.”