Lawmakers in New England and New York want to expand a commission that helps with economic development in the region after President Donald Trump's administration proposed eliminating funding.
The legislation would extend the authorization of the Northern Border Regional Commission for five years; allow the commission to attract business from outside the United States; and offer funding to encourage development of renewable energy projects.
Democratic, Republican and independent lawmakers in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York are sponsoring the bill. The Commission has provided more than $30 million in funding since it was created a decade ago and provided 155.
The legislation was inspired by the President’s plan to target regional commissions around the country.
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