Jul 10, 2016 10:31 AM

Governor's $8 million job training initiative faces delays

The Associated Press

CONCORD — An $8.3 million job training program announced by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan five months ago and slated to begin July 1 has yet to win approval from a key legislative committee.

Gateway to Work is facing delays in the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee, a 10-member body tasked with funding approval. Some Republican lawmakers have questioned the program's effectiveness and say it should be debated by the full Legislature.

The program aims to target people making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty line, give them skills training, access to transportation or help with child care, and send them to employers desperately in need of qualified workers. Ideally, a job would eliminate need for public assistance.

It uses federal dollars under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance program.

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