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Letter: Disappointed in Forrester

I am writing to express my disappointment that state Sen. Jeanie Forrester canceled the meeting she had arranged for last Wednesday in Plymouth.

She had planned it as an opportunity to present and explain the minimum wage bill that is currently before the Senate and for her to learn what her constituents think about it.

In announcing the meeting, she said she hadn’t made up her mind whether she will support the bill or not. So why did she cancel her opportunity to answer our questions and learn about our views?

I am wondering now how Sen. Forrester will learn about constituents’ feelings about the bill. Does she care to hear about those who really need the minimum wage to be raised or about how the increase will help the state’s economy? Or has she already made up her mind without our input?

I just now learned about a way for her to hear from people who depend on their wages to survive.

Today there is an open hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, which Sen. Forrester chairs. Oh wait! Most working folks like me will not be able to attend that hearing because it is scheduled for 1 p.m. Isn’t that ironic!

I hope others who want to see the minimum wage bill pass the Senate will show up. It will be held in Room 103 at the State House in Concord.

MIKE DOWAL

New Hampton

Legacy Comments2

FACTS for READERS: The Fair Minimum Wage Acts of 2007 and 2012 have raised the federal minimum wage by 70 cents per hour, three times. In 2007 the minimum wage was $5.15 per hour, in 2008 it was raised to $5.85, in 2009 to $6.55 and in 2010 to $7.25. THE RESULT IS.....drum roll please..... Ta-Da ...... According to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Labor; - in 2007 there were 37.3 million people living in poverty - in 2008 39.8 million , - in 2009 43.6 million, and - in 2010 46.2 million. The results prove that democrats are pure RHETORIC - ZERO solutions

Don't forget this from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Minimum wage workers tend to be young. Although workers under age 25 represented only about one-fifth of hourly paid workers, they made up about half of those paid the Federal minimum wage or less. Among employed teenagers paid by the hour, about 21 percent earned the minimum wage or less, compared with about 3 percent of workers age 25 and over" and this from the BLS: "The proportion of hourly paid workers earning the prevailing federal minimum wage or less declined from 5.2 percent in 2011 to 4.7 percent in 2012. This remains well below the figure of 13.4 percent in 1979, when data were first collected on a regular basis"

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