House Majority Leader Statement on Veto of HB142

CONCORD, NH – House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) released the following statement after Governor Sununu vetoed HB142, relative to the operation of the Burgess Biopower plant.

“While it is unfortunate that a long term solution could not be found to address the financial difficulties of the Burgess Biopower plant, today’s veto by Governor Sununu will protect consumers from further unnecessary financial burden. The legislature has given Burgess multiple chances, and we have passed multiple bills over the last five years with the intent to help the management team at Burgess find a long term solution.”

“This legislation would mark the third time that Burgess has required relief from New Hampshire ratepayers for these ongoing issues, while failing to uphold their end of the bargain and once again asking that the state government continue to bail them out. The company has already received $200 million in subsidies and a plan to change the status quo has yet to be presented. I believe the Governor made the correct decision in saying, ‘enough is enough.’”

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