Groveton, New Hampshire - November 5, 2007
Rep. Paul Hodes, D-New Hampshire, says assistance is on the way for workers at the Wausau Paper Mill. The plant in Groveton will be closing for good at the end of the year, leaving 300 people out of work. It is the major employer in the area and negative spin-off from the closure is expected to hit the community hard.
But, Hodes said that a recently expanded bill in the House of Representatives will help.
"So the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act would come and help provide counseling, it would provide retraining, it would provide economic assistance, and it would help with the increase costs of health care for the workers effects to try to get people back on their feet. In addition, there are some new measures that I'm hoping will be able to help with overall economic redevelopment of Groveton," he explained.
Hodes also said that the Northern Border Economic Commission Development Act should provide money for North Country Development in Coos County. It is a bill Hodes helped write.
Adam Sullivan - WCAX News