To The Daily Sun,
Considering the debate about minimum wages, some issues stand out. First and foremost: any working person from any background, trained or not trained, needs to make a living wage — sufficient wage to pay their own way. The mere suggestion of increases (from $7.25 to $8.25) to $9 or $10 over two of three years borders of the incredible. How much are we out of touch with the real world? I'd say working people should be paid $12 to $14 now.
Unfortunately legislation must be enacted to bring this about. And the knee-slappers that sit and legislate laws in the state are never going to do that. They have always been over-zealous to protect business interests, in no way would they vote for a mere nickel increase. If these modest increases are not enacted many workers will fall back to state aid or help from the federal government, so in effect the taxpayers ultimately pick up the bill.
When potatoes cost $2 a pound and bread $4 a loaf, who can eat and pay rent to sustain a decent living on a pittance? You're asking for the improbable and impossible from honest hard working citizens! It all goes back to the plain fact that New Hampshire is not a progressive state. In my 50 years of residence in New Hampshire I've seen the same scenario (of disdain for the working class) from a form of government long since outdated. A 400-member legislative body is a black hole, unable and unwilling to improve the state's economy without drastic cuts in essential services. And our good governor has the audacity to suggest our way out is casino gambling.
On "Car-Talk" with Tom and Ray, they'd say she needs a "dope slap!" If anything, casino gambling would take precious money from working-class people spending rent and food money putting themselves and family in serious financial shortfall.
It should seem obvious by now the state needs revenue from a sales tax or income tax. If not, we will go through the same insane reordering of priorities, robbing one department to pay another — leaving the state in a turmoil ... again! But then again, our brothers in Concord would rather stand on the deck of a burning ship then even mention a broad based tax. Send most of them home
One other thing needs changing. The governor's term should be for four years, not two. So much vital time running for office leaves state business in limbo. Will New Hampshire continue in free-fall or come to their collective senses. We desperately need progressive laws to move this state to center stage.
Leon R. Albushies
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