Deportation, Physical Abuse, & Stolen Paperwork; What Will It Take For A Vote On Immigration?
Everyone is jumping up and down over the fact the House of Representative finally did something! Yeah, they passed a bill! The fact is that passing this budget is a big deal for a couple of reasons. Passing this budget means that we will not be forced into another government shutdown. The budget funds the government for the next two years. This also means that Congress will not be jumping from crisis to crisis every three months. Passing this budget also means that the house can actually put aside their ideologies and pass legislation is a bi-partisan way. Speaker John … Continue reading
11 Must-Know Facts About The Minimum Wage
Most likely you know some things about the minimum wage, however I would like to take three minutes to give you some quick facts about the minimum wage that you may not know. I will assume that you already know that the current federal minimum wage is $7.25. Right now there are multiple campaigns pushing for a higher minimum wage, they range from $9.00-$15.00. The most powerful campaign is Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep George Miller’s (D-California) proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 over two years, and then tie it to inflation so it will continue … Continue reading
Congressman Darrell Issa Still Wants To Gut The USPS And ‘Applauds’ The Destruction of CANADA POST
Congressman Darrell Issa continues to astound informed observers of the Postal Service with his misguided comments. Mr Issa “applauded” Canada Post for planning to” phase out expensive to the door delivery “of mail over five years. He seemed to have no problem equating the US Postal Service with Canada Post. Not taking into consideration that Canada Post lost over a hundred million dollars this year delivering mail while the US Postal Service had an operational profit of $600 million. Mr Issa also seemed to neglect to mention the fact that Canada Post was raising rates from 63 cents to 85 … Continue reading
Getting The Facts Straight On The Minimum Wage In New Hampshire
There is much discussion in the media about the minimum wage. While the debate to raise the minimum wage has been going on for years, it took a giant leap forward recently when President Obama proposed a $10.10 minimum wage. This week, NH AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie , penned an Op-Ed, also calling for an increase in the minimum wage. The NH AFL-CIO will be supporting a bill in the NH House to increase the state minimum wage to $9.00 per hours and tie it to inflation. Although the New Hampshire minimum wage law increase is less that what the … Continue reading
Senator Ayotte says (unofficially): Balance the budget on the backs of Federal Workers, not Military Veterans
Balance the budget on the backs of….. This week the Senate will vote on the bi-partisan budget deal that was crafted by Rep Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray. Everyone has a bone to pick with this budget, but that will not going to keep it from passing. The budget bill has already passed the House and there was opposition from both sides of the aisle. The bill is now moving to the Senate where New Hampshire’s own, Senator Kelly Ayotte, joined a few of her fellow Republicans to oppose the budget bill. From the Washington Post: “In a joint … Continue reading
One Year After Newtown And I Am Still Angry
Author’s Note: Some of you may be wondering what is a labor union advocate doing talking about gun control and Sandy Hook. The answer is simple. I have three children who attend an elementary school just like Sandy Hook. I would also like to point out that two of the largest labor unions in New Hampshire are the teachers unions (NEA-NH and AFT-NH). One year ago we all were stunned by the horrific event at a little elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. This tragic event that took the lives of twenty innocent school children, and six brave educators. As Adam … Continue reading
Is The Congressional Budget Committee Really Out To Destroy The Post Office?
Some on the Congressional Budget Committee seem to be misguided on what their task is by seriously considering a proposal to eliminate Saturday mail delivery. The Postal Service has reported an operating profit of $600 Million for Fiscal Year 2013. Its first profit since 2008. Parcel revenue soared to an all time record high of $12.5 Billion. Increasing 8% over last year. So you would think that this is a time to increase service not to decrease it. The USPS is growing to the point that some parts of the country have instituted a limited 7 day’s a week parcel … Continue reading
Federal Workers Get Ready Here Comes Congressman Ryan
Congress only has a few more days to act before they take their much UN-needed vacation from Washington. This Congress is on pace to reach a new record setting low, as the most unproductive Congress in history. The biggest issue right now — aside from immigration, the ACA, jobs, and the economy, which they are not even talking about right now – is the Federal Budget. What will be the spending level for the next six months, year, or decade? That is the million-dollar or should I say trillion-dollar question. To end the forced government shutdown the parties agreed … Continue reading
Workers At The Union Leader Deserve A Fair Contract
Every worker deserves a voice in the workplace, even if your voice is your workplace. Over the last few years workers from the NH Union Leader have continued to be pushed down by their employer. Workers have fought through contract disputes that forced workers to lose pay and increase their cost for benefits.
Senate Republicans Put Ideology Over The Health Of 50,000 Granite Staters
“Today, members of the Senate Republican caucus let down the people of New Hampshire by refusing to compromise to develop a health care expansion plan that would actually work,” Governor Hassan stated. “Their refusal to discuss workable plans to allow New Hampshire to accept $2.4 billion in federal funds to provide critical health coverage to more than 50,000 hard-working people undermines the health and economic well-being of our families and businesses.”
The Outrageous Truth About A $12 Minimum Wage And Your Grocery Bill
Every time I even mention the idea of raising the minimum wage, I am immediately attacked on social media.
Opponents imagine that inflation will skyrocket; some have even claimed that ‘milk will be $10.00 a gallon’ if we raise the minimum wage. Oh, the hysteria. Milk is currently around $3.50 a gallon and that is up 25% from just ten years ago. Is that 25% due to rising wages? Sadly, no – wages in America have declined during that time. Must be some other economic force at work. (Read “Even Dairy Farming has a 1%” here.)