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NH Economic Development Program

Whether our political subdivisions ought to be in the business of promoting business is questionable. Well, at least, Republicans have long asserted that government should stay out of business, even as they rely almost exclusively on the currency our federal government provides. I guess what they mean is that they want to use it, but […]

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NH AFL-CIO Pres MacKenzie: Casino Bill Means Good Jobs And Serious Revenue

As president of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO, the largest labor organization in the state, I speak to legislators and community leaders every day about the difficulties facing our state’s working families as we continue to struggle in the aftermath of the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Now is the time for our elected leaders to step up to the plate and take real, immediate and concrete steps to create good new jobs for thousands of workers in our state. The New Hampshire House will soon have the opportunity to do just that. In fact, our legislators will be … Continue reading

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Raising The Minimum Wage, Increases Employment And One City Proved It

Raising The Minimum Wage, Increases Employment And One City Proved It

Tens of thousands of hard working Granite Staters are currently working and doing their best to survive in minimum wage jobs.  The time has come to raise the minimum wage. The debate over raising the minimum wage has been raging throughout the United States since the minimum wage was first instituted in 1938.  The debate has not changed in over 70 years. Proponents claim raising the minimum wage will help low-wage workers and will boost the economy because workers will have more spendable income.  The opponents claim that an increase to the minimum wage will cost jobs, therefore hurting the … Continue reading

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The Rules change that could end gridlock in the US House

The Rules change that could end gridlock in the US House

Record dysfunction in Congress: it’s NOT just the Senate, and NOT just the filibuster. Republican extremists in the House have also been using parliamentary tricks to block legislation – including bills that had bipartisan support and would have passed if our elected Representatives were actually allowed to vote. “The use of ‘closed rules’ has excluded most House members from full participation in the legislative process,” Rep. Louise Slaughter, ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, wrote earlier this week. “Under a closed rule, no amendments are allowed on the House floor. As a result, House Republicans are able to pursue … Continue reading

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Gorham Paper and Tissue Announce Layoffs

Gorham Paper and Tissue Announce Layoffs

  Yesterday news agencies throughout the state announced that Gorham Paper and Tissue would be ‘restructuring’ and are being forced to lay off workers. NHPR reports: “Gorham Paper and Tissue, the town’s largest employer, is temporarily cutting back operations, a move that will lead to 20 to 50 employees losing their jobs. The company says other employees will see week-long layoffs.” The Union Leader reports: “This is a temporary move to get us through the winter, until natural gas prices come back down to their seasonal norms in the spring,” said (GPT CEO Mike) Cummings. The temporary layoffs are a … Continue reading

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Rebuilding America with excess money from the DOD

Editors Note: This is a part of the larger post on Hedrick Smith’s lecture to the NH AFL-CIO about his new book ‘Who Stole The American Dream’.  You can read the entire post here.  Rebuilding America with excess money from the DOD. Hedrick Smith talked about how we need to rebuild our infrastructure and get Americans back to work, how we need to focus on what is happening here, and stop spending all of our tax dollars fighting in other countries.  “Why are we building bridges in Kandahar, and not in Kansas?” Hedrick asked.  He explained that too much of … Continue reading

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How Business Took Over Our Congress

Editors Note: This is a part of the larger post on Hedrick Smith’s lecture to the NH AFL-CIO about his new book ‘Who Stole The American Dream’.  You can read the entire post here.  The Shift In Political Power All through the 1960s, the middle class prospered and dominated the political system.  Now that is completely the opposite.  Business and their paid lobbyists control Washington.  What happened to cause this major shift? Hedrick asked, “How many of you have ever heard of the Powell Memorandum?”  Hedrick admitted that until he started writing Who Stole The American Dream he had never heard of … Continue reading

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