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May 20, 2016 1:43 PM

Job training program initiated by Hassan faces delay

CONCORD (AP) — A proposal by Gov. Maggie Hassan's administration to spend $8 million in federal money on a workforce training program for low income people is facing a delay by lawmakers.

A legislative committee asked to approve the funds Friday is waiting until next month to vote. Republican lawmakers want more information about how effective the program will be in helping people find jobs.

The program, called Gateway to Work, is a key priority for Hassan that she first outlined in her State of the State address. The money will provide skilled job training, transportation and child care for low income people. The skills training will focus on jobs in health care, advanced manufacturing and information technology.

The next vote is scheduled for June, delaying the proposed July 1 start.

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