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Letter: Shaheen fights for workers

Since repeal of the state minimum wage in 2011, New Hampshire workers have only the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

That translates to $15,080 per year for a 40-hour work week.

The growth and prosperity of too many New Hampshire families is being impeded by our low minimum wage. It is simply unacceptable that thousands of Granite Staters are working full time to support themselves and their families and are still unable to make ends meet.

During her tenure, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has repeatedly fought to remedy this injustice.

She understands that our small businesses would benefit from a raise in wages, because that means increased buying power for families in our state.

Shaheen is fighting for an increase in the minimum wage because she understands that it would grow the middle class and promote economic opportunity.

SANDRA JONES

Nottingham

Legacy Comments5

Better title should be "Shaheen poses as fighting for workers but her ideology will kill jobs". Democrats are always "fighting" for "you" but they accomplish nothing as their "righting" is hollow.

When Jeanne ran for senate in 2008 she railed against big oil and Wall Street, both of these sectors have done quite well during the Obama - shaheen years, this minimum wage campaign by the leftist 99percenters(those who vote with Obama 99 percent of the time) is just more middle class pandering.

And who better to pander to?

FACTS will always blow a hole right through any liberals narrative. FACT: 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. 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. FACT - by raising the minimum wage the democrats have put millions of people...... into POVERTY. For Shaheen to think that raising the minimum wage is in any way a solution purely shows a 100% lack of the democrats having any new ideas on combating poverty.

Poor BPR. Doesn't know the difference between causation and correlation.

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