CONCORD – North Country Senator Jeff Woodburn issued the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal including the elimination of the Northern Border Regional Commission:
“The people of the North Country face unique challenges and obstacles, especially when it comes to economic development, but partnerships like the Northern Border Regional Commission invest in projects that help to create jobs, reduce poverty, and ensure that the resilient people of the North Country get a fair shot.”
The Northern Border Regional Commission has invested millions of dollars in NH’s North Country to help spur economic development since its creation in 2008. Just last year, the Commission awarded 12 grants totaling $1.55 million to provide funding to address infrastructure needs, increase access to substance misuse services, and boost job creation.
“President Trump campaigned on the promise that he would look out for those in rural, economically-disadvantaged areas like the North Country, but instead, his budget proposal stabs them in the back. Instead of supporting efforts to bring new jobs to the North Country, his budget puts corporate special interests ahead of the hard-working people of New Hampshire.”
“We need to make smart investments in order to expand opportunity for all, support businesses throughout our state, and lay the foundation for a new generation of economic growth. I’m very disappointed with the amount of harm that President Trump’s budget proposal will cause to NH’s North Country and urge our Congressional delegation and Governor Sununu to oppose the elimination of this vital Commission in the Trump budget.”