To the Editor:
I had drafted an amendment earlier this session, increasing the minimum wage to $10 per hour, using a business tax cut to pay for it. Three years ago, I introduced another amendment to a similar bill that would’ve raised it to $9 per hour. In both cases, both of the two major political parties balked at the $28 million a year in “lost revenue” if stores and restaurants were allowed to keep more of the meals & rooms tax revenue to fund the pay raise for entry-level workers.
Both of my proposed amendments involved a good deal of research and work, and yet most of our legislators simply set the amendment aside on the table during the hearing even as I’d argued the case for it, giving the idea no more of their attention. Very few proposals in Concord would’ve done more to help the working class in this state. Yet Concord is starting to resemble other state legislatures and Congress, where powerful monied interests get their way, while the taxpayers who pay for it all are conveniently forgotten.
Congress has voted to raise the minimum wage 19 times since WWII, but all 19 times, unemployment has gone up, while youth and minority unemployment have increased dramatically. If there’s no business tax cut to pay for a minimum wage increase, small business owners have told us that they’d have to cut back on hours, lay people off, stop hiring, or even close down. How can we be better off as a society with fewer people working fewer hours, producing less? Why not just give up some of the bureaucratic largess, needless lawsuits, unfunded mandates, or even legislative carelessness to help thousands of our fellow Granite Staters make ends meet?
State Rep. Max Abramson
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We sent a clear, unmistakable message to thousands of voters who saw this debate in person, on video, on YouTube, or through local news coverage that the Libertarian Party supports smaller government, peace, and personal freedom, even if we're the only party that does so.
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I addressed about 100 attendees at the local Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers picnic on Saturday, making the case for bringing the troops home, downsizing government, and electing Libertarians to Congress and our our state legislatures.
I also spoke about a strategy called Tactical Voting, an approach used by minor parties in other First Past The Post countries to help get our candidates elected into office by running a group of them as a team in specific areas, convincing members of the out party to support our candidates to pick up a seat.
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Rep. MAX ABRAMSON
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