Senate approves tripling fund for job training programs
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The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday approved a bill to triple state funding for job training programs.
The Democrat-controlled Senate passed the bill along party lines 14-10. Supporters said it fills in the gaps of existing programs, and would be of particular help to recent high school graduates entering trade professions, older workers on their next careers and those in recovery from addiction.
“We have 18,000 openings in our state. They need to be filled by qualified workers. We have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, but in my district, poverty manifests itself because the jobs that are available are low-skill, minimum wage jobs,” said Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester. “This is our commitment to the people we represent. Opportunity – isn’t that what we’re all about? Providing opportunity? This is a way for us to do that.”