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Sep 17, 2016 12:54 PM

GOP calls for job training program to be debated in budget

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — Republican lawmakers are continuing to reject an $8 million job training program proposed by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Members of a legislative committee that must approve the funding again delayed an up-or-down vote on the program Friday. Republican Senate President Chuck Morse says the program should be put into next year's budget and debated by the full Legislature.

The project is called Gateway to Work. Hassan wants to repurpose funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to provide training, transportation and other services to help low-income people find jobs.

Democratic Sen. Lou D'Allesandro says he's frustrated by the repeated delays and says Republicans are "playing politics with our state's economy."

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