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Senator Larsen Statement on the House Passage of SB143 the “Pathway to Work” Bill

CONCORD – Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen released the following statement on the House passage on her prime sponsored bill SB143, which expands the New Hampshire Working program by creating a program called “Pathway to Work” designed to encourage and enable unemployed workers to create their own jobs by starting their own small businesses.

“I applaud the House for passing the “Pathway to Work” bill which will create an innovative, no cost program designed to encourage and enable unemployed workers to create their own jobs and perhaps provide jobs for others by starting their own small businesses.”

The New Hampshire Working program is a successful three-partjobs initiative we created with Gov. Lynch in 2010 to assist workers to Stay at Work, Return to Work, and Get Ready to Work. Senate Bill 143 would build on that success by adding a fourth component, “Pathway to Work.”

“Senate Bill 143 provides the pathway for unemployed participants to work with our state’s Small Business Development Center to engage in entrepreneurial training, business counseling, and technical assistance. This will allow them to have access to resources and training needed to establish a business and become self-employed.”

Senate Bill 143 was cited as a top legislative priority for Senate Democratsback in January when they outlined their jobs agenda which is focused on job creation through economic opportunity, innovation, and growth.

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