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Monday
Mar022015

NH Rep. Jackie Cilley to address Epping Democratic Committee 3/3 - 7:00PM 

Barrington rep to discuss her minimum wage proposal 

(Barrington, NH) State Representative Jackie Cilley (D-Barrington) will be the featured speaker at the Epping Democratic Committee on Tuesday, March 3rd. Cilley, a former senator and gubernatorial candidate, will discuss her far-reaching proposal to increase New Hampshire's minimum wage. This meeting is open to the public and all Epsom Democrats are urged to attend. 

WHO: Rep. Jackie Cilley (D-Barrington) 
WHAT: Monthly meeting of the Epsom Democratic Committee
WHEN: March 3rd, 7:00pm
WHERE: Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library 
151 Main St, Epping, NH 03042

Directions from Rt. 101 (3 min) 
Take exit 7 for NH-125 toward Epping/Kingston   0.4 mi
Drive to Main St   0.6 mile  3 min 
Turn left onto Main St Destination will be on the right
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About Jackie Cilley: Born in Berlin, New Hampshire, Jackie Cilley was raised with four siblings in a third-floor walk-up tenement before graduating from Berlin High School. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from UNH and has served as an adjunct professor at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics since matriculating from there in 1985. In 2004 she ran for a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and won, serving one term in the House before being elected twice to the  New Hampshire Senate, representing the 6th District from 2006 - 2010. In 2012, she ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor, losing to Gov. Hassan. She was re-elected to the New Hampshire House in 2014 where she serves on the Committee on Executive Departments and Administration. Rep.Cilley was recently named by veteran NH political reporter John DiStaso as one of the 'Most wanted' NH Democrats for the 2016 presidential campaign and has been picked to regular contributor to their Politico Caucus coverage of the New Hampshire primary. 
Wednesday
Feb112015

NH House Majority Leader Comments on Minimum Wage Bills

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) today offered the following comments relative to the four House Bills dealing with raising the minimum wage in New Hampshire that had a public hearing today before the House Labor Committee.

 

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)

 

“These proposals have the potential to negatively affect our job climate in New Hampshire and could threaten the viability of many small and medium sized businesses especially in the hospitality industry, which many workers in our state depend on.  For many small employers, a government mandated wage increase of up to 114% is just not affordable, and they may have to reduce their overall number of employees or raise prices to compensate. In an economy that is still in recovery, this is not a viable option.”

 

“Raising the minimum wage could also reduce or eliminate job opportunities for our young workers who rely on entry level, part time, or seasonal jobs for valuable work experience.”

 

“The New Hampshire business community is compassionate and more than capable of making reasonable decisions that best suits the needs of their employees and the viability of their businesses. They know what it takes to attract and retain employees.”


“Republicans aren’t against higher wages. We are proponents of creating the economic conditions for businesses to thrive to ensure everyone has the opportunity to find a good paying job. Government mandates do exactly the opposite.”

Wednesday
Jan212015

NHDP - New Hampshire Republicans More Out of Touch on the Minimum Wage than Mitt “47%” Romney 

Concord, N.H. – Even Mitt Romney, who infamously said, “I'm not concerned about the very poor,” and "my job is not to worry about [47% of the American people],” now claims that he supports raising the minimum wage.
 
Yet despite the overwhelming support from Granite Staters for raising the state’s minimum wage, New Hampshire Republican leaders continue to oppose efforts to strengthen wages for tens of thousands of hard-working people.
 
“It is beyond belief that New Hampshire Republican leaders could be more out of touch on the minimum wage than even Mitt ‘47%’ Romney,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “It is long past time for Republican leaders to listen to the voices of the people of New Hampshire and finally join with Governor Hassan and Democrats in the legislature to strengthen wages and move our economy forward.”
 
BACKGROUND
 
Granite Staters Overwhelmingly Support Raising the Minimum Wage
76% of Granite Staters support raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage – including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents. [WMUR Granite State Poll]
 
Senator Bradley Uses Debunked Claims About Minimum Wage; Data Shows 2014 Job Creation Grew Faster in States that Raised the Minimum Wage
Following Governor Hassan’s call to finally raise the minimum wage in her Inaugural Address, Senator Jeb Bradley cited debunked Republican talking points, calling the minimum wage “a job-killer.” However, the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) found that job creation in 2014 was faster in the 13 states that had increased their minimum wage on January 1, 2014 compared with those that had not. Another study from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment found “strong earnings effects and no employment effects of minimum wage increases.”

Saturday
Jan102015

NHDP - NH Republicans Double Down on Opposition to Strengthening Wages for Hard-Working Granite Staters 

Republicans Use Debunked Claims About Effect of Minimum Wage on Job Creation; Data Shows 2014 Job Creation Grew Faster in States that Raised the Minimum Wage 
Concord, NH – Following Governor Hassan’s impassioned call for legislators to come together to finally restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage, Republican leaders doubled down on their opposition to strengthening wages for tens of thousands of hard-working Granite Staters.
 
A WMUR Granite State Poll found that 76% of Granite Staters support raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage – including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents.
 
“As Governor Hassan argued passionately in her Inaugural Address, it is long past time for members of both parties to come together to finally restore and increase our state’s minimum wage,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Instead of recycling debunked talking points, Republican leaders need to listen to the voices of the people of New Hampshire and finally join with Governor Hassan to strengthen wages and move our economy forward.”       
 
In her Inaugural Address, Governor Hassan stressed the importance of expanding opportunity and strengthening wages for New Hampshire families. But just moments after the Governor’s address concluded, Senator Jeb Bradley was already recycling the same old debunked Republican talking points, calling the minimum wage “a job-killer.”
 
The problem with such claims is that they’ve repeatedly been shown to be untrue. The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) found that job creation in 2014 was faster in the 13 states that had increased their minimum wage on January 1, 2014 compared with those that had not. Another study from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment found “strong earnings effects and no employment effects of minimum wage increases.”
 
Even more mind-boggling was the argument from Deputy Speaker Gene Chandler, who told NHPR that New Hampshire should not increase the minimum wage because doing so “also raises the wage levels of everyone else up the line because if the minimum wage is raised, then other people are going to expect to get more money.”
 
“It’s ludicrous and just another sign of how completely backwards today's New Hampshire Republican Party is that party leaders could argue that raising the minimum wage is a bad idea because it would help too many people,” added Buckley.

Thursday
Jan082015

CEI Today: Minimum wage, Keystone, chemical regulation, and more 

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014
In the News Today

 

2015 MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES - RYAN YOUNG

20 States Raise Minimum Wage: Happy New Year?


The minimum wage is one of the most popular policies for fighting poverty, and proposed increases to it usually poll very well. The $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage hasn’t increased since 2009, so now many states are enacting their own minimum wage hikes. Twenty states are inaugurating 2015 with new increases. Yet, these minimum wage increases will not help reduce poverty. Why? The reason is tradeoffs. > Read more


> Interview Ryan Young
 

KEYSTONE PIPELINE - MARLO LEWIS

 

Keystone XL Pipeline: What Are the Core Issues?

 

In the protracted conflict over the Keystone XL Pipeline, too much attention is paid to peripheral issues and not enough to the core issues.

Peripheral issues include whether the pipeline will create many or few jobs, lower or raise Midwest gasoline prices, reduce or increase the risks of oil spills, reduce or increase incremental greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Keystone foes operate on a different maxim. They believe government should empower ‘stakeholders’ (i.e. activists like themselves) to upend other people’s business plans and stifle wealth creation. They think that if they just make enough noise, gin up enough protests, promise or threaten to support or oppose enough politicians, they are entitled to stop other people from taking risks with their own capital, hiring contractors, and employing workers. > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

Related: Banner Day for Zingers on Energy Policy

 

CHEMICAL REGULATION

 

CNSNews: Consumers to Pay the Price for State Environmental Regulations

 

Consumers could soon face higher prices, reduced choices and lower-quality products, thanks to a slew of chemical regulations that are advancing in various states. These regulations are unlikely to provide any measurable benefits, and instead would reduce consumers’ access to a myriad of products, from children’s toys and canned food to paint and building materials. > Read more

 

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

CUBA - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

 

Forbes: Two Cheers For Cuba Libre

 

President Obama’s recent decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was welcomed by many free marketers, but met with skepticism by those who favor political freedom on the island. Both sides in this debate make strong points. I tend to side with the market optimists, but we could all learn from watching coming developments closely. > Read more

 

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.

 

FALLING GAS PRICES - MARLO LEWIS


Globalwarming.org: Oil’s ‘Swoon’ Is Not an Argument for Carbon Taxes

 

It was inevitable. As soon as consumers and the economy start to enjoy significant relief from a decade of pain at the pump, the political class clamors for higher gas taxes and new carbon taxes. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

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