Promoting community economic development centered on our farms,
local businesses, educational institutions, access to financial resources, and public/private
partnerships. Local investment creates a multiplier effect, thereby increasing capital resources
and our ability to provide technical assistance to community-based businesses.
I support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The federal minimum wage has not been
raised since 2009, and has not kept pace with inflation. According to the Economic Policy Institute,
workers making minimum wage today earn 25% less than those making minimum wage in 1968.
If the minimum wage had continued to grow in tandem with average productivity gains after 1968,
as it did between 1945-1968, it would have been 3 times higher by 2012: $21.72 per hour.
If even half of labor’s productivity gains had been retained by the labor force, the federal
minimum wage would now stand at $15.34.
A Sustainable Energy Economy
I support policies that encourage the use of renewable energy. All new energy projects must:
Create lasting jobs
Enhance our nature-based tourism economy
Preserve our environmental heritage
Utilize low impact technology
Protect and enhance New Hampshire's existing locally-owned energy sector businesses
Respect individual property rights
Promote renewable energy
Protect Workers who Unionize
A useful model for NH legislation is U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison’s (Minnesota) and
John Lewis’ (Georgia) Employee Empowerment Act, a bill meant to protect the
right of workers to unionize. Firing workers for trying to unionize is already against the law. This bill enables organizers to take action if employers use other forms of retaliation
against employees attempting to exercise their rights.
Read more at the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees website.