The NH House Science, Technology and Energy Committee recommended the bill this spring as Ought to Pass. The majority opinion stated in part that "Losing these (biomass) plants and 900 jobs means a loss of over $250 million dollars of economic activity each year statewide. Loss of 900 jobs also means loss of timber tax revenue, Business Enterprise Tax revenue, fuel tax revenue, and a likely hit to NH’s Unemployment Trust Fund that could potentially trigger an increase in costs to every employer. The consequences of plant closures will also have a significant ripple effect because the plants are an important market for the forest product industry’s low-grade wood which is critical to the health of our $1.4 billion forest products industry."(House Journal 17 page 24).
This is especially important to Carroll County as evidenced by this article in today's Conway Daily Sun. NH State Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Woleboro)was quoted while touring Pinetree Power in Tamworth as saying "If the plants close, “we are in a 'heads, I win, tails, you lose' type of scenario. The governor, while well-intentioned, made a mistake in vetoing this bill.” Per the article, State officials present were Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, State Reps. Edie Demaris (D- Wolfeboro), Rep Dr. William Marsh (R- Brookfield), Tom Buco (D- Conway), Karen Umberger (R- Conway) and Mark McConkey (R- Freedom).
Rep. Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro) voted to kill the bill in the NH House, while our other two NH House Reps, Rep. Crawford (R-Moultonboro) and Rep Dr. William Marsh (R- Brookfield) voted in favor of the bill.
Of the 15 member Carroll County Delegation, 13 voted on the bill ( Rep. Chandler was Presiding and Rep. Schmidt was excused).
Rep's Avellani, Comeau, McCarthy and Cordelli voted to kill the bill outright. Seems maybe they can't see the forest for the trees?