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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
Mar202014

NHDP - HYPOCRISY ALERT: Brown Said He Was “Disgusted” and “Deeply Disturbed” By Third-Party Ads in MA

Brown Said He Was “Disgusted” & “Deeply Disturbed” By Third-Party Ads in MA,
Now Refuses to Protect People of NH

 
Concord, NH—Scott Brown proposed, signed, and boasted about his People’s Pledge throughout and after the 2012 election – including as recently as six weeks ago – but is now refusing to sign the same exact People’s Pledge in New Hampshire, allowing Wall Street, Big Oil, the billionaire Koch brothers and Karl Rove’s special interest money to keep polluting New Hampshire’s election, making it harder than ever for voters to hear from the candidates.
 
"Scott Brown is offering the people of New Hampshire nothing but phony, hypocritical excuses. He said Massachusetts deserved better than a tidal wave of dirty money and signed the People’s Pledge. Well he’s in New Hampshire now, and people here deserve better too,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Scott Brown’s refusal to sign the same exact People’s Pledge he signed in Massachusetts is a disservice to the people of New Hampshire, who will face an election polluted by special interest attack ads.
 
“A year ago, Scott Brown stood before students in Massachusetts and heralded the People’s Pledge, calling it a ‘historic’ achievement because it kept dark money groups, like the one operated by the Koch Brothers, out of the political discourse. Just six weeks ago, Brown addressed students at Cornell University, proudly touting his ‘unique’ People's Pledge. Now, suddenly, he won’t agree to the exact same terms because he thinks it's better for his politics. That's a shame."
 
At Cornell six weeks ago, Brown praised and took credit for the People's Pledge:
 
"We didn't need another 30 to 40 million dollars coming in to distort our record and positions on things, so but what we came up with was the people's pledge. Very unique, way to try to address these things.” He also declared its success, saying, “it worked.”
 
In February of 2013, Brown also spoke enthusiastically about the People’s Pledge that he and Senator Warren signed in 2012 at Amherst College. He even specifically calls out the Koch Brothers, who have already spent $700,000 for his campaign in New Hampshire, as being a major part of the problem.
 
“I and she were really disgusted and deeply concerned about the groups that would come in and distort our records and positions on things. Those third party super PAC’s in particular.  So we came up with a very unique way to handle that.  We signed an agreement.  It’s historic--it’s the only one in the country.”
 
McClain said, “There’s still time. Scott Brown needs to protect the integrity of the New Hampshire electoral process and sign the People’s Pledge.”
Wednesday
Mar192014

NHDP - Fmr. Mayor Ferrini: Portsmouth Supports Jeanne Shaheen

Don’t Let Wall Street and Big Oil Buy Our Senate Seat

 
Portsmouth, NH—As former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown plays tourist in New Hampshire, he keeps running into concerned New Hampshire residents who want to hold him to the same standard he set in Massachusetts when he signed the People’s Pledge in 2012.
 
“What Scott Brown will see in Portsmouth is that we support Jeanne Shaheen. Thanks to her work to secure funding for the Memorial Bridge, keep the shipyard open, and bring the KC-46A tanker to Pease, Portsmouth and the families that live here are better off,” said former Portsmouth Mayor Tom Ferrini. "We know Jeanne Shaheen is going to stand up to special interests and fight for us. Scott Brown has to prove that he will do the same. That means signing the same People's Pledge he signed in Massachusetts to keep Wall Street and Big Oil from buying our Senate seat."

Wednesday
Mar192014

NHDP: Karl Rove Spending Special Interest Money Trying to Buy Our Senate Seat For Scott Brown

Time for Brown to Sign the People's Pledge
 
Concord -- New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement after Karl Rove's $650,000 worth of attack ads to help his candidate, Scott Brown, began polluting New Hampshire airwaves this morning. This brings the total Big Oil and Republican special interest backed third party spending to more than $1.5 million in the New Hampshire Senate race.

"In Massachusetts, Scott Brown said the people deserved better than having their airwaves polluted with third-party ads, so he signed the People's Pledge to stop those attacks.  In New Hampshire, we have a message for Scott Brown: We deserve better, too, and he should sign that same People's Pledge for New Hampshire.

"These new attack ads, paid for by Karl Rove and his special interest money are more proof Big Oil, Wall Street and Republican third party groups think they can buy our Senate seat for Scott Brown. As the Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown voted like he was the Senator from Big Oil and Wall Street. He gave them billions in special breaks, and they gave him millions in campaign contributions. In the Senate, Jeanne Shaheen stood up to Big Oil and voted to stop those special breaks.  She's leading the fight on a bipartisan effort to lower energy costs for consumers and help create jobs. The people of New Hampshire know Jeanne Shaheen is working to protect their interests, not Big Oil and Wall Street.”