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Poliquin Pushes For Job Training Requirements

In what was his last scheduled committee hearing, Second District U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin pushed for job training requirements for some recipients of federal housing subsidies.

“It is critically important to make sure we have a safe place to live and warm place to live,” Poliquin said. “Now, I also know that part of helping those that are most disadvantaged among us is making sure they get the job training, community service, such that they can get employment.”

Diane Yentel, president of the national low-income housing coalition told Poliquin during the hearing that such programs are not effective, and can make it more difficult for individuals to get a job.

“You find that work requirements or other types of requirements, job training requirements, are helpful with folks to become independently better lives and better futures? No,” Yentel said. “We find the opposite.”

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.