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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.”
 
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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
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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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Wednesday
Jan072015

Rep. Jackie Cilley (D-Barrington) to introduce far-reaching minimum wage legislation 

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Fmr. State Senator and Gubernatorial candidate returns to Concord to pursue middle-class agenda

 

(Barrington, NH) After a four-year absence from the New Hampshire General Court, newly-returned Barrington representative Jackie Cilley announced that her first piece of legislation - and her chief priority in the coming session - is to give New Hampshire's struggling workers a raise with an increased minimum wage paired with the elimination of the so-called "tipped minimum wage." This legislation would mark a return to a state-based minimum wage and move tipped workers into the economic mainstream with a raise from the current rate of $2.90.

Cilley, whose legislation would raise the minimum wage to $14.25 per hour over a three year-period and eventually tie the tipped minimum wage to the same figure, argues the move from both a matter of fairness and economic common sense.

“Most of us want to get paid what we are worth, what we contribute to the companies and organizations for whom we work,” notes Cilley.  “If the minimum wage had actually kept pace with worker productivity, it would be $21.72 today.  Instead, workers’ wages peaked decades ago because of partisan divide.”

“Conservatives and progressives should both want to see the creation of livable wages.  Set aside for a moment the argument of fairness to workers and just consider what each of us is paying to help an employer keep a worker at sub-livable wages.  These workers can’t actually live on those wages. They often need such support services as food stamps, fuel assistance, housing assistance and so on.   If the minimum wage were raised to just $10.10 per hour that would mean 1.7 million people across this country would no longer need public assistance, saving us $7.6 billion.  I don’t yet have the exact figures for this for New Hampshire, but simply pro-rating it per capita suggests a savings of more than $30 million.”

"This is long overdue: They were one vote away from making a substantial start in the last session and I want to keep that momentum moving, regardless of the partisan makeup of the new legislature," Cilley said. "This doesn't have to be a partisan issue - Mitt Romney supports an increased minimum wage, for example - but we have to make the case on economic, not just fairness grounds."

"Bill O'Brien's decision to put what New Hampshire businesses pay their workers in the hands of bureaucrats in Washington, DC was terrible choice. We need to have a minimum wage that reflects the economy and values of New Hampshire, not DC - This legislation puts the decision back where it belongs, in New Hampshire."

 

Legislation pushed by then-Speaker Bill O’Brien repealed the state’s minimum wage law in 2011 and handed jurisdiction to the federal government. Gov. Lynch vetoed the legislation, but O’Brien’s allies in the House overrode the veto. The National Employment Law Project’s Christine Owens said at the time that “given the fact that minimum wage workers spend every penny they earn in their local businesses, a strong wage floor is also vital to stimulating the consumer spending necessary for real and lasting economic recovery.”

These economic facts of life haven’t changed. A study released in March of 2014 by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute echoes Owens words.

“Most notably, raising the minimum wage will increase demand for the goods and services sold by businesses operating in the Granite State. Low-wage workers, out of necessity, typically spend every dollar that they earn. As a result, the increased wages they will earn from a higher minimum wage will almost certainly be spent – and most likely be spent quickly – in the communities in which they live and work.”

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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.”

Wednesday
Dec102014

Watchdog - How we are ruining America  

 

Fat kids and drug cartels: The lessons 81 years after prohibition

 

It's been 81 years since the end of Prohibition, but big government at almost every level is still trying to sober us up.

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 Loss of entry-level jobs a tragedy for American workforce

 


The number of hourly workers making minimum wage, with the exception of a few upticks, has been on a downward trend since 1979.

 

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Wyden: No more ‘back doors’ in Americans’ computers, phones


U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to ban the practice of requiring back doors into phones and computers that allow the federal government to snoop on Americans.