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
BREAKING: Leaked Documents Show NH Legislators Asked to Take Pledge Putting Corporate Front Group Ahead of Constituents
Disturbing new revelations detailed in leaked documents illustrates extent to which American Legislative Exchange Council puts special interests ahead of every day Granite Staters Concord, NH – New leaked documents show that corporate special interest lobbying group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) asked state chairs, including New Hampshire State Representatives Gary Daniels (R-Milford) and Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson), to sign a pledge stating,: “I will act with loyalty and put the interests of the organization first.” The pledge for elected officials to put their affiliation with ALEC over their oath of office was revealed in documents released about ALEC in … Continue reading
You Cannot Drive Anywhere But At Least We Did Not Raise The Gas Tax
I am not going to say ‘I Told You So’ but you already know that I am. Last year Representative David Campbell proposed a meager $.12 cent gasoline tax that would go directly to the roads and bridges fund. This would have been the first increase to the gasoline tax in over two decades. The Concord Monitor explains what the increase would mean: “When fully implemented, the additional 12 cents per gallon would bring in about $92 million a year. It would mean an estimated $816.8 million over the next 10 years, $183 million for municipal aid and $633.8 million … 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.)