Watch It Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGXLO-YXUxs&feature=youtu.be
Washington DC – After 4 weeks and 35 events in 22 States with local small business owners, faith and labor leaders, mayors, state representatives, and minimum wage workers struggling to survive on $15,000 a year, Americans United for Change’s ‘Give America a Raise’ bus tour accomplished its mission: making clear to voters in key states which of their Representatives in Congress are willing to help lift millions of working Americans out of poverty by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 -- and which ones are taking their orders from the Tea Party and the billionaire Koch Brothers.
With the backdrop of a 45’ long, 16 ton anti-poverty billboard on wheels and with invaluable support from NH Citizens Alliance for Action, AFSCME, and Granite State Progress, the bus tour made a stops in Nashua to call on Senator Kelly Ayotte to help boost New Hampshire’s economy and help hard working Granite Staters climb one rung closer to the middle class.
Sadly, when given the chance on April 30, Senator Ayotte toed the Tea Party line and voted to squash even having a debate on H.R. 1010. Ayotte didn’t even want to hear the facts that raising the minimum wage would increase wages for 113,000 workers in New Hampshire by $143,575,000 if the minimum wage is raised to $10.10, and that this wage increase would generate $90,883,000 of economic activity in the Granite State.
Ayotte’s refusal to listen to the clear majority of Granite Staters that want to see the minimum wage raised is why Americans United for Change is releasing new video today with highlights from the ‘Give America a Raise’ tour stop in New Hampshire. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGXLO-YXUxs&feature=youtu.be
If Ayotte Won’t Listen to Granite Staters, Will She Listen to Fellow Republicans? Cracks are forming in the Republican wall of opposition to raising the minimum wage with former GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty all recently coming out in favor of increasing it.
Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “Senator Ayotte claims to be focused on jobs, but she turned her back on generating over 90 million dollars in economic activity in New Hampshire alone and creating tens of thousands of jobs nationally. Ayotte claims to be a fiscally responsible lawmaker, but she just passed up a golden opportunity to save taxpayers $46 billion by dramatically cutting down on the need for food stamps. Meanwhile, Ayotte is a reliable vote for more tax breaks for millionaires and for minimum tax responsibility for corporations that outsource U.S. jobs.”
“But the Harkin-Miller $10.10 bill is not just an anti-poverty and fiscally responsible bill, it’s also a jobs bill. 30 million 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 are calling on Congress to raise it again now. Minimum wage workers include child care providers, janitors, and nursing assistants and are 35 years old on average. According to MIT, the living wage in Nashua is $21,422 a year to 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.”
“On the road, we met with many small business owners who are on the forefront of this movement and didn’t wait for Congress to act – who are proving Tea Party rhetoric wrong: that you can pay your workers a fair wage and still be successful. One by one they said, ‘It’s common sense, the current minimum wage will get you minimum work and a higher minimum wage gets you less turnover and more productivity.’ Businesses need customers to survive, so why won’t Senator Ayotte help create more of them: by raising the minimum wage and putting more money in the pockets of 30 million consumers.”
- § Minimum Wage Raise Would Reduce Food Stamp Spending By $46 Billion Over Decade: CAP Report
- § Low Wages Cost Taxpayers A Quarter-Trillion Dollars Every Year: Think Progress
- § CEO Of Biggest Fast Food Chain Comes Out In Favor Of A Minimum Wage Increase: Think Progress
- § VIDEO: Center for American Progress Action Fund: ‘6 Surprising Facts About the Minimum Wage’.
- § Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Proposal to Strengthen Minimum Wage Would Help Low-Wage Workers, With Little Impact on Employment
- § National Employment Law Project: ‘The Most Rigorous Research Shows Minimum Wage Increases Do Not Reduce Employment’
- § Center for American Progress Action Fund: ‘Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help, Not Hurt, Our Economy’
- § POLL: Millionaires Support Raising the Minimum Wage And Higher Taxes On The Rich: Think Progress