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Senate president: Welfare to work programs a top priority

February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A key lawmaker says moving Massachusetts residents off welfare and into work will be one of the state Senate’s top priorities for the new legislative term.

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he has been hearing from social service agencies and local businesses alike about the need to better train those on welfare for jobs in an economy that increasingly prizes more highly skilled workers.

The Amherst Democrat says he wants to see what works in other states and also take advantage of existing federal programs.

He said the state used to be a leader in moving those on welfare into jobs and is now one of the worst states. He said he wants Massachusetts to reclaim that lead.

Rosenberg said he hopes to work with Gov. Charlie Baker on the initiative.

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