Earlier today, the NH Senate voted 21 to 3 to initially approve SB 143, which would create a “Pathway to Work” program within the Department of Employment Security.
The new program would allow 2.5% of unemployment recipients to receive entrepreneurship training to start their own businesses, rather than looking for a job working for someone else. Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, New York, and Oregon already have similar programs.
“Senate Democrats and Republicans talk about ensuring NH workers have the skills and opportunities they need to succeed,” Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen said in a statement today. “Passing ‘Pathway to Work’ is a way to do that for unemployed people, particularly older more experienced workers, who are likely to exhaust their state benefits.” Read her statement here.
The bill now moves to the Finance Committee for review.