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Tuesday
Apr012014

CEI Today: Fracking & jobs, minimum wage & women, and Human Achievement Hour

Monday, March 31, 2014
In the News Today


FRACKING - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Las Vegas Review-Journal


The natural gas and oil shale revolution — despite obstacles to drilling offshore and on federal land — has almost single-handedly driven the economic recovery the president is taking credit for.

William Yeatman, an energy policy expert with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told Mr. Markay: “It represents the difference between an industry which exists of its own accord, providing goods and services that people actually want to buy, and an industry that exists only by the grace of government, which acts to mandate demand and subsidize supply.”
> Read the editorial


> Interview William Yeatman

 

MINIMUM WAGE - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

Daily Caller

All raising the minimum wage is going to do is keep women at home, counters Aloysius Hogan, a senior research fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“There are jobs that are going to be lost and it’s the women who will be losing them,” he told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Hogan continued, “Who is losing out by increasing the minimum wage? It is the lower wage workers. And who are they losing out to? The unionized higher skilled workers.”
> Read the news article

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

What people said about
HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR
#HAH2014


@sentedcruz
: In observance of #HAH2014, let's show we can achieve even more with another Great American Energy Renaissance

 

Innovation should be celebrated, not kept in the dark. Keep the lights on for human achievement on Saturday! #HAH2014

 

@WesleyGoodman: Why celebrate #HAH2014 tonight? It's not about turning up the lights. It's bc we tell a better story about the human spirit than #EarthHour
 

@Drews_Views: Don't sit in the dark feeling guilty during #EarthHour, celebrate Human Achievement Hour instead: washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/… @ceidotorg #HAH2014

The Global IP Center ‏@globalIPcenter: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." #HAH2014 HAPPENING NOW http://ow.ly/v8kpd

@kerpen: We're enthusiastically observing #HAH2014 in the Kerpen house!

@JGunlock: My morning flight reminded me of tomorrow's human achievement hour. Thanks, Wright brothers! #HAH2014 @ceidotorg pic.twitter.com/JzCcC2s3B2

"Turn ON the lights & do something constructive for the planet." @JRubinBlogger wapo.st/1dB0kiO

Human Achievement Hour makes @harperbulletin column! http://washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/

 

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Wednesday
Mar262014

AUFC - The "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour Comes to the Granite State 

Link: http://www.raiseto1010.com/newhampwrapup

With Too Many Working Granite Staters Struggling to Survive on $15,000 a Year,
New Hampshire Faith Leaders, Labor Leaders, Low-Wage Workers Join Stop Along 11-State Tour Sponsored by Americans United for Change, Call on Senator Kelly 
Ayotte to Vote to Raise the Minimum Wage to $10.10


[Click Here to See More Pics from the Nashua Tour Stop]


[LEFT: Click for Vine at Ayotte’s Office; RIGHT: Video of Pastor Kinney’s remarks]


www.Raiseto1010.com

#RaiseTheWage

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 certainly has not with inflation, making 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.  The latest stop: Nashua, NH outside the public library.  With the backdrop of 45’ long, 16 ton anti-poverty billboard on wheels and with invaluable support from New Hampshire Citizen Alliance for Action, Granite State Progress, and AFSCME, Americans United was joined by Obama administration official Laura Fortman, Gail Kinney, pastor of the South Danbury United Church of Christ and a local low-wage worker, who urged 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 outside the U.S. Capitol on April 3. 

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.   A new report out today from the Center for American Progress Action Fund finds 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.

Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “After the recession, the economy is starting to pick up. Businesses are doing better. The stock market is doing better, but wages for 30 years, overall for most workers, have been flat.  It’s been more than five years since New Hampshire minimum wage 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. What stands today 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. Now the last time I heard anything from Senator Ayotte on the minimum wage was when a constituent asked her about it at a town hall meeting and her answer- if you can even call it an answer since she didn’t say what she would or wouldn’t vote for – is that she’d rather work to create jobs. Then her big job creation idea was to repeal a tax on medical devices. Enough said.  Let’s be clear Senator Ayotte:  A bill to raise the minimum wage is a bill to create jobs.   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.”

 

Laura Fortman, U.S. Labor Department's Principal Deputy Administrator, Wage and Hour Division: “Workers have seen a real significant decline in the purchasing power of the minimum wage for more than 45 years.  Real people have experienced this. We’re not just talking about teenagers. The average age of a minimum wage worker is 35. We’re talking about working adults – the people who drive our kids to school on the bus, serve us our food in restaurants, the people who clean our schools and our places of business, assist us in hospitals.”

Gail Kinney, pastor of the South Danbury United Church of Christ: “Every low wage worker in this state and in this country who work full time yet remains trapped in poverty is left behind in our economy and is being treated in our economic system as the last and the least. We as a nation can do better than this. It is not only a moral imperative; it is an economic imperative.  We MUST do better than this if we are to preserve our democracy and repair the destructive and explosive economic divide in our nation between the haves and the have nots. Whether you are 16 or 66, if you’re on your feet all day or night cooking or serving so-called fast food; or stocking grocery shelves; or running a cash register; or cleaning bed pans or hotel rooms; or caring for two-year-olds or for someone’s grandmother – that all work has dignity and value. That work deserves respect. And that work, in this day and age, is worth more to our society than $7.25 per hour.  When we find ourselves, as religious leaders, repeatedly having to minister to individuals in our own pews who are frightened – and worse – by their inability to “make it” despite working as hard and as many hours as they possibly can – it’s time to raise the wage.”

Anita Mendes, a low-wage worker from the Mondandock region: "The things that are different in my life are that I have less social ability. I can’t go and meet somebody for lunch. That means, for me, that I don’t get to say hello, I don’t get to check in, I don’t get the emotional support.  On Sunday, when I went to my Quaker meeting, I didn’t just think about getting from my house to the Quaker meeting, but what can I do in between? I loaded the laundry, brought the grocery list, and made all of those stops so that I could save my gas.  Yes I dry my clothes at the laundry; I don’t dry them all the way. I take them half-wet home, hang them up on a clothesline… If we had a bigger minimum wage, I might be able to afford those last three quarters."

§  FACT SHEET: The Economic Case for Increasing the Minimum Wage: State by State Impact

§  Economic Policy Institute: ‘Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Lift Wages for Millions and Provide a Modest Economic Boost’

§  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’

§  Think Progress: ‘A $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Make A DVD At Walmart Cost One Cent More’

§  Think Progress: ‘Real World Evidence That Increasing The Minimum Wage Doesn’t Cost Jobs’

§  New York Times: ‘The Clear Benefits of a Higher Wage’

Monday
Mar242014

AUFC - MARCH 25, 9:30AM: The "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour Comes to Nashua, NH 

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

 

www.Raiseto1010.com

#RaiseTheWage

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

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

 

§  FACT SHEET: The Economic Case for Increasing the Minimum Wage: State by State Impact

§  Economic Policy Institute: ‘Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Lift Wages for Millions and Provide a Modest Economic Boost’

§  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’

§  Think Progress: ‘A $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Make A DVD At Walmart Cost One Cent More’

§  Think Progress: ‘Real World Evidence That Increasing The Minimum Wage Doesn’t Cost Jobs’

§  New York Times: ‘The Clear Benefits of a Higher Wage’

Thursday
Mar132014

NH House Republican Leader Comments on Job Killing Minimum Wage Bill

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following statement relative the House vote on HB1403, which raises the minimum wage in New Hampshire by 24% to $9 per hour. The bill passed by a 173-118 vote.

 

House Republican Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“This bill will negatively affect our job climate in New Hampshire and 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 24% wage increase is just not affordable, and they may have to reduce their overall number of employees or try to raise prices to compensate. In this economy, this is not a viable option.”

 

“The Congressional Budget Office estimates that with this type of increase, between 500,000 and 600,000 jobs could be lost nationally, with as many as 2000 jobs cut in New Hampshire.”

 

“Just one medium sized restaurant in the Mount Washington Valley stated that it would cost them $20,000 to pay for this increase. In this economy there is no way they can afford this.”

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

“Our 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.”

“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 earn a decent wage. Government mandates do exactly the opposite.”

“Tying the minimum wage to an unpredictable index sets us up for major trouble. The Consumer Price Index can increase in a bad economy. I can’t imagine how proponents of this bill plan on explaining future automatic wage increases even during a recession. This could have disastrous consequences for our mom-and-pop operations.”

Sunday
Mar022014

Heritage - The Foundry's Top 5: WOMAN JAILED AFTER FILMING TRAFFIC STOP