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Majority of Granite Staters Support the Minimum Wage
CONCORD, N.H. - During his trip to New Hampshire, Chris Christie described those who support a minimum wage increase as speaking to “the lowest common denominator” while explaining the issue was a losing one for Republicans.
“What voters dislike more than Governor Christie’s out-of-touch comments are his failing economic policies and his refusal to consider a minimum wage increase,” said Lizzy Price, Communications Director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “Christie is right that the minimum wage is a losing issue for Republicans, especially in New Hampshire where voters overwhelmingly support an increase in the minimum wage. But too many Republicans - like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rick Perry, and Ted Cruz - don't.”
In New Hampshire, Christie said the minimum wage is “a losing argument” for the Republican Party. “He also fielded a question on the minimum wage, calling the issue ‘a losing argument’ for the Republican Party. ‘We as Republicans should not be sucked into this argument,’ Christie said, arguing that while Democrats ‘speak to the lowest common denominator,’ while Republicans should ‘need to speak to people's higher aspirations.’” [Star-Ledger, 6/8/2015]
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]
Data Shows 2014 Job Creation Grew Faster in States that Raised the Minimum Wage. 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.” [Center for Economic and Policy Research; Institute for Research on Labor and Employment]
As we celebrate our Mothers today – whether they’re still with us or not – it’s important to note our commitment to support mothers of all kinds. Here in New Hampshire, Democrats continue to support working mothers and work to strengthen middle class families. We’d like to celebrate Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Annie Kuster for their leadership supporting working families, as well as being incredible mothers themselves. Happy Mother’s Day!
As we look ahead to 2016, Democrats are committed to fighting for mothers while the GOP makes it clear they are wrong on equal pay and a minimum wage increase – that will help mothers and their children get ahead.
Equal Pay for Women
- Jeb Bush stated that he did not know what the Paycheck Fairness Act was when asked about it.
- Marco Rubio said the Paycheck Fairness Act was about “scoring political points,” “wasting time,” and a “show vote.”
- Scott Walker repealed an equal pay law saying it was a “bogus issue.”
- Rand Paul compared the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Soviet Politburo.
- Chris Christie vetoed equal pay legislation calling it “senseless bureaucracy.”
- Ted Cruz voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act and derided it as a “show vote.”
Raising the Minimum Wage
- Jeb Bush said “we need to leave it to the private sector… This is one of those poll-driven deals… I’m sure it’s a great soundbite.”
- Marco Rubio opposes raising the minimum wage, calling it “silly” and “a waste of time.”
- Scott Walker said he “doesn’t think it serves a purpose.”
- Rand Paul opposes increasing the minimum wage for working people.
- Chris Christie: “I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am.”
- Ted Cruz opposes raising the minimum wage.
New Hampshire Senate
Concord, NH – Today, the Senate struck down yet another attempt to increase the minimum wage in the state of New Hampshire. Currently, the State of New Hampshire follows the federal minimum wage and is set to accept federally approved increases. The state does not have its own minimum wage.
Senator Jeb Bradley, (R-Wolfeboro) released the following statement on SB 261 following today’s floor vote.
“Wages are increasing nationally and we are seeing the consumer marketplace taking care of itself without the need for mandated wage increases. Companies like Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, Starbucks, Gap, Costco, Ben & Jerry’s, and Whole Foods have already taken the steps to pay their employees an increased wage – which is being driven by market pressure and is the right thing to do,” said Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro).
“It is reasonable to believe that employers compensate workers to the best of their businesses’ ability. We know that mandating pay increases in New Hampshire would have a dangerous impact on the number of jobs many employers are able to create,” Bradley added.
“At a time when we are making significant strides to lower business taxes to strengthen our state’s low tax advantage, stimulate job growth and attract new businesses to New Hampshire. Implementing a minimum wage increase is the wrong solution. Let’s focus our energy on what we can do help employers, not burden them with additional mandates.”