Senate Republicans Reject Legislation to Support Struggling Workforce

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3375

Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us

CONCORD – Today, the majority of Senate Republicans voted to Table SB 226, Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s (D-Manchester) bill to establish specific criteria allowing the director of the division of personnel, department of administrative services, to develop a state employee recruitment and retention program.

After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) issued the following statement:

“New Hampshire is currently facing a vacancy rate in our state agencies of 18.7%. SB 226 was a common sense, bipartisan bill, that required no additional money from the state and created another tool to help our state agencies function, recruit qualified candidates, and compete with private employers. Today, rather than addressing our very real workforce shortage, the majority of my Republican colleagues chose to hide behind an illogical, falsified version of fiscal responsibility which will only serve to further delay necessary recruitment and retention efforts.”


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