CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Money for a commission that helps with economic development in northern New England and New York has been included in a federal spending bill negotiated by congressional leaders.
The bill funds the Northern Border Regional Commission at $15 million for Fiscal Year 2018, an increase of $5 million from a year ago.
The commission has provided more than $30 million in funding projects since it was created a decade ago and provided 155 grants in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and upstate New York.
The projects have been credited with creating hundreds of jobs, bolstering tourism and keeping businesses in economically depressed rural areas open.
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The Trump administration proposed eliminating the commission in its budget proposal.
New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster called the funding an important step. She’s introduced a bill to fund the commission for five years.