Vt., NH, NY senators back bill to help economic development commission

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Lawmakers in northern New England and New York have introduced a bill that would expand a commission that helps with economic development in the region after the Trump administration proposed eliminating funding.

New Hampshire Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan joined Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine; and independent Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine in sponsoring the bill. The legislation extends the authorization of the commission for five years; expands it to include two more New Hampshire counties; allows the commission to attract business from outside the United States; and offers funding to encourage the development of renewable energy projects.

The Northern Border Regional Commission has provided more than $30 million in funding since it was created a decade ago and provided 155 grants in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and upstate New York.

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