CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has introduced a bill that would keep alive a commission that helps with economic development in northern New England and New York after the Trump administration proposed eliminating funding.
Officials in the states say the Northern Border Regional Commission has helped create and save hundreds of jobs since it was created almost a decade ago by using relatively small amount of money to generate other investments, while encouraging developments in traditionally underserved areas.
The bill would extend authorization of the commission for five years. Co-sponsors include fellow Democratic Sens. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire; Patrick Leahy of Vermont; Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine; and Independent Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine.
Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster of New Hampshire introduced a similar bill last year.