3-31-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update: Smarter Balance Testing and A ‘Thank You’ To Legislators

Now that crossover has come and gone both chambers will start working on each other’s bills.  Both chambers have till May 15th to act on these bills. I would like to thank all the representatives that supported us on the following bills: AFT-NH supported the recommendation of Ought To Pass as amended on HB 1494-FN, relative to administration of the New Hampshire retirement system and authority of the board of trustees. The amended version ensures … Continue reading

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Can You Help Send Matt To Netroots Nation?

Here’s the thing: my friend Matt Murray runs New Hampshire Labor News on a strictly volunteer basis. All the hours he puts in – on the blog site, on the Facebook page, the Twitter Feed, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pintrest – all his time is donated.  And he usually ends up paying costs out-of-pocket. Matt does this because he believes in the Labor Movement.  He saw a communication gap and decided to fill it: all of New … Continue reading

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TEA Party Suckers

The problem with the TEA party people is that they are easily suckered. That the lower income people are taxed too much is a valid grievance. However, these people let themselves be co-opted by the very people whose hoarding depresses and destabilizes the economy for everyone else.

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Democrats being neighborly.

That’s where the difference lies. Liberals delight in other people’s success; the Cons turn green with envy. So, the neighborly thing to do is help the good folks in Maine send Shenna to stand side by side with Shaheen. Two strong Democrats from the northern kingdoms, standing together with Elizabeth Warren will help turn the […]

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NH-GOP GOV Candidate Walt Havenstein Has Major Eligibility Issues

Walt Havenstein Between a Rock and a Hard Place with Ballot Eligibility Questions Candidate Pushed by Washington Republicans Either Ineligible to Run in NH or Committed Tax Fraud in MD  Concord, NH–Yesterday, a front-page Nashua Telegraph expose outlined how potential NHGOP gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein took Maryland property tax breaks that required his principal residence to be in that state, raising a host of questions and putting his potential candidacy in doubt. But this much is clear: Havenstein … Continue reading

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The Kochroaches–We’ve got their number.

Well, in this instance, it’s the Senate Majority PAC that’s exposing the faces of the “billionaires.” Ads in which they are not identified they send their minions out to object to. From which, being rather simple-minded, I conclude that the Kochs want to be identified as the powers behind the curtain. While whether or not […]

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Senate GOP Sentences Future Retirees onto Social Services

CONCORD – THURSDAY, on a party-line vote, the Republican-controlled Senate killed SB 364, a bill sponsored by Sen. Sylvia Larsen, (D-Concord), to create real pension reform for employees hired on or after July 1, 2011. Hard-working new public employees harmed by the disastrous retirement changes in 2011’s HB2 told their personal stories during the bill’s committee hearing. Today they came back to Concord in hopes to convince their Senators to vote for their families, for the economy, and against resource-shifting to … Continue reading

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Much Rejoicing As NH Senate Unanimously Passes Paycheck Fairness Bill

“This definitive, bipartisan action by the full Senate affirms that both Republicans and Democrats agree we must act to close the wage gap in New Hampshire,” said Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen. Senate Bill 207 has been cited by Senate and House Democrats as a top priority for the 2014 legislative session. All Senate Democrats have sponsored the legislation with House Speaker Terie Norelli serving as the leading House sponsor along with co-sponsors Rep. Shannon … Continue reading

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The New Hampshire House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

The New Hampshire House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

The New Hampshire House of Representatives today by a vote of 173 to 118 approved HB 1403, a bill to increase the state minimum wage to $9.00 an hour over two years and apply cost of living adjustments in future years. New Hampshire’s current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and the wage has remained at this level since 2008. “New Hampshire’s current minimum wage leaves workers struggling to get by,” said New Hampshire Fiscal … Continue reading

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