Sunapee News Adds Capital Comments from the State House

Be sure to visit “Columns” for the latest posting of “Capital Comments” by NH State Senator Bob Odell. In this week’s column, Odell writes about the inauguration of Governor John Lynch, jobs and  Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Odell also gave an update on the utility poles along Route 10 and the wind farm‘s electrical transmission lines.

The highlight of any inaugural ceremony is the speech of the Governor.  Governor Lynch’s speech, to me, was an appeal to have confidence that working together we can meet the financial challenge facing New Hampshire.  Over the next five months, as we work on the current year spending reductions and work craft a budget that is balanced for the two years beginning on July 1, legislators will need to pull together.

No one, including the Governor, is unrealistic about what is likely the toughest financial challenge faced by the generation of legislators currently serving in Concord….

The Governor in his address noted the success  of his job training program….The state partners with businesses, including some in our area, by sharing costs  to upgrade the skill levels of employees so that businesses can be competitive as technology advances around every business sector….

Similarly, the Governor touched on an incentive program to encourage job creation around the evolving “green  sector” of our economy.  Using funds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the Governor suggested we could help create jobs in this sector.  Senator Molly Kelly (Keene) is the prime sponsor and am a co-sponsor of a bill to move this concept along during the legislative session.  There is much work to be done in New Hampshire and the state must also be poised to take advantage of new programs in this area that may come from Washington.

Odell represents District 8 that comprises: Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Claremont, Gilsum, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, Marlow, New London, Newbury, Newport, Roxbury, Stoddard, Sullivan, Sunapee, Sutton, Unity, Walpole, Washington and Westmoreland. He is chairman of Ways and Means, a member of the Energy, Environment and Economic Development Committee, and the Finance Committee.

For Odell’s Capital Comments, Click Here.

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