With Too Many Working Granite Staters Struggling to Survive on $15,000 a Year,
Obama Administration Official Laura Fortman to Join New Hampshire Faith Leader and Low-Wage Workers in Stop Along the 11-State Tour, Appeal to Senator Kelly Ayotte to Vote to Raise the Minimum Wage to $10.10
Washington DC – Americans agree: No one who works should live in poverty. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening to workers around the country earning the current minimum wage. While the federal minimum wage has stayed the same since 2009, the price of food, gas, utilities, and basic necessities has, with inflation, made it nearly impossible to live anywhere in America on $7.25 an hour or $15,000 a year. It’s long past time for Congress to give America a raise. And to help drive the point home, Americans United for Change has hit the road with the 11-State “Give America a Raise” Bus Tour supporting President Obama’s plan to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Next stop: Nashua, NH in front of the Nashua Public Library on Tuesday, March 25 at 9:30 AM ET. With the backdrop of 45’ long, 16 ton anti-poverty billboard on wheels, Americans United will be joined by Obama administration official Laura Fortman, Gail Kinney, pastor of the South Danbury United Church of Christ and a local low-wage worker, to call on Senator Kelly Ayotte to help hard working Granite Staters climb out of poverty and one rung closer to the middle class over by voting to boost minimum wage. The tour will end at a rally outside the U.S. Capitol on April 3.
It’s been more than five years since these workers have gotten a raise – workers that include child care providers, janitors, and nursing assistants and who are 35 years old on average. It was hard enough to live on $15,000 a year in 2009, and it’s near impossible in 2014. All that stands in the way of stronger economy built from the middle out are Tea Party Republicans in Congress who only seem to care about voting for minimum tax responsibility for huge corporations that outsource jobs. Raising the minimum wage would provide a needed boost not just for the millions of struggling low-wage American workers that can barely survive on $7.25, but for the U.S. economy as a whole. It will create jobs because it puts more money in the pockets of workers who will quickly inject it back into the economy. Millions of people with more money to spend on goods and services means businesses will need to hire more workers to meet the demand. Decades’ worth of research done after previous minimum wage increases shows nothing but net economic benefits as a result, which is why so many successful business leaders and over 600 economists including seven Nobel Laureates are calling on Congress to raise it again now.
President Obama’s opportunity agenda will be on full display Tuesday in Nashua, New Hampshire. To fulfill the promise of President Obama’s opportunity agenda, we need to keep creating jobs and give American workers the skills and training they need to succeed in those jobs, but we also have to do everything in our power to ensure those job’s reward an honest day’s work with a fair day’s pay. No one who works a full-time job should have to live in poverty.
According to MIT, the living wage in Nashua is $21,422 a year be able to afford housing, medical care, transportation and food. If full-time New Hampshire workers made $10.10 an hour, they’d earn $21,008 a year.
WHAT: 11-STATE ‘GIVE AMERICA A RAISE’ BUS TOUR STOP IN NASHUA, NH
WHO: Laura Fortman, U.S. Labor Department's Principal Deputy Administrator, Wage and Hour Division
Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change
Gail Kinney, pastor of the South Danbury United Church of Christ
Anita Mendes, low-wage worker
WHERE: Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St, Nashua, NH
WHEN: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM ET