Thursday, July 21, 2016

Representative Kelcourse to Serve on Economic Development Conference Committee

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) is pleased to announce his appointment of Representative Jim Kelcourse (R-Amesbury) as a member of the economic development bond bill conference committee.

The House of Representatives and the Senate recently passed different versions of the economic bond bill, which is designed to promote job creation and retention in the Commonwealth.  The House has authorized $915.5 million in borrowing over the next five years to recapitalize the MassWorks infrastructure program and to fund a variety of grant programs to assist municipalities and employers, while the Senate has approved $743.9 million in capital spending over three years.

Representative Kelcourse will serve on the conference committee alongside Senators Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell), Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), as well as Representatives Joseph Wagner (D-Chicopee) and Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill).  The conferees will try to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill so a compromise proposal can be sent to Governor Charlie Baker for his signature before the end of formal legislative sessions on July 31.

“As a member of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Representative Kelcourse has a clear understanding of the many challenges that stand in the way of creating a more favorable business climate and improving the state’s economy,” said Representative Jones.  “I am confident that Jim will be an asset to the conference committee as it works to develop a plan to help spur economic development and job creation throughout the Commonwealth.”

“I’m excited about this opportunity to serve on the conference committee,” said Representative Kelcourse.  “Not only is economic growth and job creation vital to Massachusetts, but it’s also very important to Newburyport, Salisbury and Amesbury.”

Representative Kelcourse represents the First Essex District.  A former Amesbury city councilor, he currently serves on the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies; the Joint Committee on Education; and the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.