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Friday
Mar132015

NH Senate strikes down minimum wage increases 

New Hampshire Senate

News Release

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.”

Friday
Mar132015

NH House Republican Statement on House Action on Anti-Business Legislation 

CONCORD – House Republican Whip Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement on the defeat of several anti-business bills before the House.  

HB365 - prohibiting an employer from using credit history in employment decisions. (Failed by a vote of 200-142)

HB496 - prohibiting public employers from using criminal history in employment decisions. (Laid on the Table)

 

House Republican Whip Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)

 

“Employers in New Hampshire should be able to use these criteria when reviewing qualifications of employees, if they see fit. A prohibition on using these important measures in reviewing the qualifications of job applicants would take a valuable tool away from employers and open the door for costly litigation.”

 

HB392 - relative to the minimum hourly wage. (Failed by a voice vote)

HB600 - relative to paid sick leave for employees. (Failed by a vote of 219-122)

HB684 – establishing a state minimum hourly rate. (Failed by a vote of 198-145)

 

House Republican Whip Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)

 

“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. 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.”

Friday
Mar132015

Statement of NH Rep. Jackie Cilley on the vote on HB 684, Minimum Wage 

(Barrington, NH - March 12th, 2015) While I am disappointed by the votes in the House and Senate today, I see reasons for optimism going forward. At the beginning of this session, everyone predicted that legislation as far-reaching didn’t have a chance and that any serious effort to permanently fix New Hampshire’s minimum wage wouldn’t win over everyone. Today’s result demonstrates that, with a well-researched and bipartisan approach, people in Concord will listen and judge a proposal on its merits.  Next time, we’ll get the 27 more votes necessary to give our hardest working neighbors a long-overdue raise.  

 

But make no mistake; this represents a missed opportunity and more fall-out from the disastrous reign of Speaker O’Brien. We had a chance to return control of our minimum wage from Washington DC to our citizens legislature in Concord and we didn’t. We had a chance to insert more money into our recovering economy and increase its momentum and we didn’t. And most importantly, we had a chance to stabilize the finances of thousands of our neighbors while allowing them to move off of food stamps and other forms of public support and we didn’t.

 

I have learned a good deal in this, my first term back after a six-year absence, that I will take with me when I introduce this again. And I promise both my supporters and my critics, I will reintroduce legislation to raise our minimum wage to a livable level and get it signed into law. 

 

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About Jackie CilleyBorn 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.

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.”