Letter: Raise the wage
Dear New Hampshire State Senators: Our current minimum wage isn’t much, but it’s all that many hard-working families have.
The bill to raise it would add a mere $70 to the paychecks of full-time workers, about enough for a much needed bag of groceries – purchased with earned money not food stamps – and resulting in a worker-driven stimulus package.
There are many sound economic and societal reasons for raising the minimum wage – such as a vibrant economy, job creation, high productivity, stable families, time for civic engagement – but the overriding reason is moral.
It is evil for the richest country in the history of the world to have any families living in poverty, any children hungry and homeless.
A $7.25 minimum hourly wage will purchase next to nothing and won’t support a family. But these workers, who have no political or economic power, can’t jeopardize their meager paychecks. They can’t “take-it-or-leave-it” they must “take-it-or-else”.
Unions and government are relentlessly hounded by well-financed corporate forces, limiting their ability to rescue these workers from poverty. Life-supporting economic and nutritional aid is being eliminated by some governments. The last chance we have to reset our moral compass is to raise the minimum wage.
Senators, I implore you to do what is economically intelligent and morally right. Pass this bill.
Gilmanton Iron Works