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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

Legacy Comments14

Tell us this Bruce. What happened the last time the minimum wage was increased. Did unemployment go down? Any honest debate about anything would include facts, tables from the CBO or any other factual proof. Who works for minimum wage Bruce? Ya never seem to break that down, but instead claim that it is folks raising families that work for minimum wage and single mothers. That is not what the Census Bureau says. Maybe that is why you do not mention the CB as proof. But of course we saw that with the 43 million uninsured myth also. Ya never mentioned what the Census Bureau said about who the folks are that are uninsured that make up the 43 million. The reason you did not mention it, s because the 43 million is a myth when you factor in who is uninsured. The census report states 19 million are illegal and many uninsured do qualify for benefits but have not applied for them. Your not being honest. Seems like your gig is to state things as fact, but leave out any evidence that disputes your claims. And I am not talking about evidence based on the opposing party's view. If in fact govt depts. like the Census Bureau and the Dept of Labor are dependable, then why not cite their reports? Oh wait, Maybe now you will claim that some govt depts. gets it wrong. They lied maybe, or their workers are mostly connected to the Rep Party political wise. Any minimum wage has to be absorbed somewhere period. Another area you do not want to discuss. But you do state that business owners should be thrilled to take less profit, no matter what their business is, or the size of that business.

You are kidding yourselves if you think you will be taking anything out of the hands of the 1%. Actions of the past should prove to you if profits decrease because wages increase they will simply raise the price of the goods hurting all of us. In the end, Robin Hood, you will have stolen from the not-as-poor to help mainly teens earn more at their part time jobs. I'm curious so I will pose this question....what is in it for you? I can see writing this letter if you are making minimum wage but if you're beyond that, why are you pushing this agenda?

and all I hear are crickets....let me help you then...the only reason I can think of, so please correct me if I'm wrong, is're hoping the don't-want-to-be-informed will see dems pushing this through and vote for you not realizing they will be shooting themselves in the foot. Did I get it right?

Here are 5 good reasons to have an increase in the minimum wage: "1.Good for Families: According to economist James Galbraith, raising the minimum wage would raise the incomes of 28 million Americans. Women would particularly benefit because they tend to work for lower wages than men. 2.Good for Economic Recovery: To get the economy back on track, spending power has to be in the hands of those who actually spend in the real economy. That means regular people, not the super-wealthy who tend to hoard wealth or invest in financial products. 3. Helps People Get Out of Debt: During the early part of the post-war period, particularly the 1950s and 1960s, entrepreneurship was more concerned with building productive capacity and putting workers to work actually making useful things as opposed to creating financial Frankenstein products like credit default swaps. As our economy has become increasingly directed toward Wall Street and the so-called FIRE (finance, insurance, real estate) sectors, more wealth has migrated to the top 1 percent. On top of that, real wages have increasingly lagged behind the growth in productivity. 4. Protects Workers From Abuse: A higher minimum wage would also help to mitigate the abusive, exploitative working practices of a number of employers, who take advantage of the currently low minimum wage to seek cut-rate help. Such employers often use undocumented labor, which further undermines America’s working poor. 5. Justice for Working Americans: Most of all, a big jump in the minimum wage would be a reparation. Because let’s be clear: class warfare has already been undertaken on behalf of the 1 percent. The past 30 years have witnessed a dramatic redistribution of national and personal income in favor of profits for the rich.”

•Research has failed to establish a link between regulation and increased unemployment. •Surveys consistently show that small business owners do not see regulation as a major impediment to growing their companies. •The cause of the current recession, which has cost millions of Americans their jobs, was inadequate regulation of Wall Street banks, not too much regulation. •Unemployment was under 5 percent in 2007, even though nearly all of today's regulations on business were in place.

Well, you are wrong. I was a small business owner for some time and I can tell you that state rules and regulations were oppressive. Today they are even more intrusive. I can give you one great example. Health inspectors in NYC have to find something wrong and they give you a fine from $3000 per violation. Then you go to court, negotiate it down to less of a fine to get a good letter grade. Just one example but throughout the country the hoops that small business owners need to jump through are both many and some are ridiculous......some regulations make sense, some don't. Yes the banks crashed the economy but Obama has kept it stagnant. He has killed coal which is a huge industry, his policies are about fees, fines and taxes. All of which cause businesses small and large to cut back,.

Please take careful notice of this in the post below: "If government got out of the way of business there would be jobs." That sums it all up. Not a single lesson learned since 1928. And that goes double for Best Pres!

Government is about "power". Progressives are about the end justifies the means. Business growth is the only solution to our economic woes. Contrary to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid economics, unemployment is not an economic stimulus. Economy only grows when capital is made, not when it is redistributed or when the same money changes hands.

If government got out of the way of business there would be jobs. If government reduced regulations instead of passing hundreds each year, there would be jobs. If Obama did not kill coal, there would be jobs. Progressives kill prosperity and then they complain about having no jobs. If the oil industry could drill more, there would be jobs. A rising tide floats all simple economic lesson that progressives refuse to learn.

Pinnochio/Laugh of the Day: "If government got out the way of business there would be jobs." Really? From what alternate economic reality does this come? It flies in the face of our nation's history, and the instrumental role government has always played in creating jobs--by building infrastructure, by nurturing nascent industries, by funding basic research. Unregulated capitalism devolves into monopoly capitalism and oligarchy. The essential regulations developed during the Progressive Era and in the wake of Great Depression have been under assault for 3 decades now. And over these same 3 decades, our economy, our infrastructure, and our standard of living have all declined. There's not just a correlation between three decades of neo-liberal/libertarian/supply side nonsense and that decline--it's direct cause and effect. You could look it up--if you were interested in the actual economic history and the facts, instead of the fairy tales the rich, well-born, and powerful tell.

does anybody know where the money comes from to pay the Billions in extra wages? Does anybody know the historical economic consequences of the federal govt interfering with free economic markets.

Yes the money comes out of the pockets of people who invest and keep the economy going. Progressives only know this principle - "from those according to their ability to those according to their need"- Karl Marx. What is means is "hey buddy, you worked your tail off and you have too much (in our humble progressive opinion) so you are going to give half of what you worked hard for to this guy who only did the minimum to get by, it is only "fair". "Now the debate is over, open your wallet and share your blood, sweat and tears, you have too much anyway, you don't need that big house or that expensive car or all of those groceries, you are GREEDY!"......."shame on YOU.........look everyone, that guy is selfish. (Insert closing scene from Invasion of the Body Snatchers here). That is the Socialist, er, um I mean the progressive way. They know best and damn it, you are going to comply because that is they way it is! It is settlled you ists, obes, ots, ers.........

Economics 101: It's not the investor class that keeps the economy going--it's a strong middle class that creates demand for goods and services. Absent that demand, no amount of "investment" can suffice. Good story though, have you considered writing fiction for a living?

FACTS: Only 0.8% of Workers Are Over 29 and Earn Minimum Wage or Less - CNS News. CBO reports - jobs lost if minimum wage increased. . 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

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