Concord, NH (June 5, 2014) – The NH Federation of Republican Women (NHFRW) announced today that former Governor Luis Fortuño (R-Puerto Rico) will be the featured speaker at its annual Lilac Luncheon and Flag Day Celebration that will be held on Saturday, June 14. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn on 172 North Main Street in Concord, NH beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at http://nhfrw.org/ and http://lilacluncheon.eventbrite.com.
“The NHFRW is excited to have Governor Fortuño speak at our annual Lilac Luncheon,” stated Jennifer Couture, President of the NHFRW. “He is a standout leader in our party and strong advocate for fiscally sound policies that cut taxes and rein in spending. Governor Fortuño understands the critical issues facing our country and we look forward to hearing his insights as we move toward an important election season.”
The Lilac Luncheon is the organization’s largest annual event. Past speakers include former Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Senator John McCain, former Senator George Allen, Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day, and The CURE’s Star Parker.
The NHFRW will be raffling off a .22 magnum North American Arms mini revolver donated by Advanced Arms of NH. Tickets are $20 per entry. A winner will be drawn at the end of the Lilac Luncheon. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets may be purchased online at http://lilacluncheon.eventbrite.com.
The NHFRW has six local clubs across the state and is part of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), which is a grassroots political organization composed of 1,800 local clubs and more than 100,000 members in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Membership is open to all Republican women and men are also welcomed as Associate members.
There is no war going on in New Hampshire.
State Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, would have you believe differently, judging from statements he made on the floor of the Senate in Concord last week.
Sanborn said a proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage above the federal minimum of $7.25 was a “war on employers.”
It would hurt the very people it was intended to help and would decimate businesses, he said.
“How many jobs are going to exist in New Hampshire if there are no longer any employers?” Sanborn asked rhetorically.
Sanborn is prone to outrageous comparisons. Last year, while he was guest-hosting a radio show, he compared the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to the San Francisco plane crash that killed two people.
Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro called the bill to raise the state’s minimum wage a “job killer.” And last week, all 13 Republican senators voted down the increase and killed the bill, HB 1403, which was sent to them by the Democratically controlled House of Representatives.
Republican state senators like Sanborn and Bradley, who tried to cast a minimum wage increase as an assault on employers and businesses, engaged in the worst kind of political hyperbole.
New Hampshire is viewed as one of the most-business friendly states in the country.
New Hampshire has the lowest minimum wage in New England. The minimum wage is $8.60 an hour in Vermont, $8 in Massachusetts and $7.50 in Maine.
Someone earning the minimum wage in New Hampshire would have to dedicate all their earning for seven months just to pay the taxes on Sanborn’s Bedford home.
Raising the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour in 2015 – and eventually to $9 an hour in 2016 – would have boosted the wages of 76,000 Granite Staters, including women, young people and parents, according to the liberal Economic Policy Institute.