AUGUSTA — A committee of the Maine Legislature is saying “no” to a plan to help the town of East Millinocket cushion the blow of losing 450 jobs and $810,000 in tax revenue following the closure of a paper mill.

Members of the Committee on Taxation say they’re sympathetic to the town’s government and the laid-off workers and didn’t rule out other state help.

But the committee rejected a bill that would have reduced the state valuation of the town by $66 million, the value of the closed Katahdin Paper mill.

The Bangor Daily News reports East Millinocket Rep. Herbert Clark said the failure to support his bill would have a dire impact on his community and Millinocket, which lost 150 jobs when another Katahdin mill closed.