Wages

New Hampshire Economy Sets Records for Employment and Labor Force Participation

by Steve MacDonald June 6, 2018

Last week some Democrat stooge was on the radio badmouthing Governor Sununu on the economy and workers and families and wages (insert dancing donkey in a top hat), but she did it without actually saying anything. It was all empty rhetoric. Palm card pablum. Yes, I have plenty of issues with Chris Sununu’s “priorities.” I […]

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Democrats: Are You Paying Your Campaign Workers a ‘Living Wage?’

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2018

Torn from the headlines at HotAir.com, a question of epic and historical weight. Why won’t Democrats let their campaign workers unionize? When workers on one self-proclaimed progressive’s congressional campaign decided to unionize, they ran into “classic union busting” tactics, according [to] a former staffer, who asked that he and the campaign remain anonymous for fear of […]

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‘Armageddon’ Tax Reform Continues to Produce Wage Hikes and Bonuses

by Steve MacDonald December 24, 2017

On December 21st we shared the news that AT&T and others were handing out Christmas Bonuses as a direct result of the passage of the Republican/Trump Tax cuts. WND.com is tracking this behavior, and their list has grown to fourteen companies who are handing out bonuses in response to the change in tax laws, raising their […]

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Cheapskate Dartmouth Doesn’t Pay On-Campus Student Workers “A Living Wage”

by Steve MacDonald July 28, 2017

Would it surprise you to learn that students who work at jobs on campus at Dartmouth College are not starting at $15.00 an hour? In most instances, students employed by the Ivy League college don’t even earn $10.00 an hour. $7.75 is the lowest hourly wage rate that the College recommends for its employees, following […]

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Seattle’s “Win” in the Fight for 15 is Costing Jobs, Hours, and lowering Paychecks

by Steve MacDonald June 26, 2017

God, I love being right especially after watching progressive narrative monkey’s puke their Union/Democrat party minimum-wage-talking-points all over my comments section. Being right is the best. And when it comes to Seattle, right comes easy. This week’s Poster Child for Stupid Liberal ideas we told you would not work, is last weeks. Seattle. Seattle’s minimum-wage law is boosting […]

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Government Meddling with Hourly Wages is Not Necessary in New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald March 3, 2017

The New Hampshire Office of Employment Security recently released an updated report on employment in New Hampshire. This latest iteration digs deep into the details of wages and numbers employed in various occupations throughout the Granite State. The good news is that wages are still increasing. The mean average hourly wage for the entire state rose from […]

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Bill Gates Has a Tax Vision But Leaves Himself Out of It.

by Steve MacDonald February 18, 2017

Here’s an interesting idea. First, you use government to drive up the cost of labor. Then, when a business decides to automate in response to that force, tax the automation to fund government programs for workers displaced by its meddling. Who had this great idea? The richest human on the planet. Bill Gates. “Right now, […]

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Paid Time Off Better Than a Raise

by Steve MacDonald October 11, 2016

In a recent survey of warehouse workers, An overwhelming 87.5% of respondents prefer PTO (Paid time Off) over the equivalent in pay increases—a reminder, if nothing else perhaps, of the importance of work/life balance. Fight for Fifteen might want to consider fighting for days off instead of for higher hourly wages.

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Things Democrats Refuse to Believe

by Steve MacDonald July 22, 2016
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Lemonade Stand Economics is only 2 minutes long. Democrats can feel free to consider it an installment of the Two Minutes Hate because their notions about the relationship between business and government do not permit them to accept the simple truths in this short video. That their intrusions rob small business owners of resources they need […]

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White House Still Pays Women Less

by Steve MacDonald July 8, 2016
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If you are gonna’ play with pay, then Democrats should explain why the White House ‘Pay Gap’ is STILL greater than that of the entire DC area? If activists are going to use median annual salaries to claim women are paid less than men, then they ought to be consistent and call out President Obama’s White […]

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Fight for 15 Still not About Wages. Not Exactly

by Steve MacDonald April 13, 2016
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California is at the forefront of government interfering with the value of labor. The Fight for 15 campaign, lead primarily by unions, has succeeded in pushing up wages for some but not because anyone really cares about wages. Unionized hotel employees, as but one example, don’t get the hike — but non-union hotel employees do. Owners of […]

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Portland, Maine Rejects Min. Wage Hike to 15.00/Hour

by Steve MacDonald November 8, 2015
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A ballot initiative in Portland Maine to increase the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour failed last Tuesday. What makes this defeat so instructive is that Portland IS the Democrat Mecca of Maine. Forty-seven percent are registered Democrat. Six percent of its voters are members of the Green Party.  In the last election for governor […]

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GrokTALK! – Wages, Death, Energy, & Fungus

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2015
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We talk about how Seattle small business owners “feel” about that $15/hr minimum wage the progressives had to have, where not to go in New Hampshire if you want the base to vote for you, then its on to death taxes followed by a few minutes on electricity and energy.  Listen to the entire broadcast […]

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GrokTALK! – Wages, Death, Energy, & Fungus

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2015

We talk about how Seattle small business owners “feel” about that $15/hr minimum wage the progressives had to have, where not to go in New Hampshire if you want the base to vote for you, then its on to death taxes followed by a few minutes on electricity and energy.  

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Democrat War on Work – Minimum Wage Hike Helps Democrat Campaigns

by Steve MacDonald January 13, 2015
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Democrats want you to believe that their mindless pursuit of a minimum wage hike has something to do with helping low wage workers. Democrat Jackie Cilley is this year’s Democrat Golden Calf, proposing an hourly minimum wage hike in New Hampshire above fourteen-dollars-per hour.  But think it through. Who is most likely to be hit […]

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Minimum Wage? (Fixed Video)

by Steve MacDonald November 20, 2014
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The Gruberette’s in the Democrat party are constantly pushing a minimum wage increase which ill serves those they claim to care about (That’s the Grubering part), while advantaging unions from whom they reap so much politically.  So they lie outright and by exclusion. Government wage fixing harms low income workers while often driving up union […]

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Right To Work Equals Higher Wages

by Steve MacDonald July 28, 2014
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Right to work leads to higher wages in Michigan…  Ruh – Roh Michigan’s per-capita personal income increased from $38,291 in 2012 (before right-to-work became law) to $39,215 in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. That increase was the ninth highest in the country. (snip) “The dire predictions of right-to-work […]

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Jeanne Shaheen Donates Campaign Dollars To Sexist Bigots

by Steve MacDonald April 10, 2014

A number of Democrat Senators in key 2014 races appear to be ‘over-paying’ the men who work for them.  Why else would the women in the same jobs be making less? Mark Udall pays women 91 cents for every dollar that a man makes. Mary Landrieu pays women 88 cents for every dollar that a […]

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Celebrate National Equal Pay Except at The White House Day….

by Steve MacDonald April 8, 2014
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Alternate Title: Obama Must have given himself a waiver….Or did he just vote ‘Present?’ The no-spin reality is that free people make choices every day, and those choices affect everything, including wages.  I know a lot of women who make a lot more than I do.  I do not blame the system because I know […]

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Welcome to real world economics!

by Skip March 28, 2014

From the Laconia Citizen: County admins work to pay health costs LACONIA — The Belknap County administration and department heads presented a working budget plan to commissioners on Thursday that, in many departments, takes money from wages to pay health care costs… Now, the rest of it is behind a paywall, so I’m not going […]

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More Than 100,000 Non-Essential Employees Paid To Do Nothing

by Steve MacDonald January 7, 2014
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Wastebook 2013 More than 100,000 non-essential federal employees being paid a salary of at least $100,000 were furloughed as non-essential. Each of these was paid $4,000 for the time off of work during the shutdown. … A sampling of just three federal agencies found more than 35,500 federal employees earning $100,000 or more who were […]

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“You Didn’t Build That” Means ‘You Didn’t Earn It Either’

by Steve MacDonald October 18, 2013
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If someone in your family passed away how much of their property–what percentage of its total value–would their neighbors be entitled to? Is it thirty percent?  How about fifty percent? Do strangers in your neighborhood, people you may not even know casually, have a right to take half your stuff from your family without regard […]

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Is it a Recovery or is it a Coma? (Hint: It’s the Barack Obama/Jeanne Shaheen Coma!)

by Steve MacDonald August 24, 2013
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It is not a recovery unless by recovery you mean that we have been put into a coma…for reasons you are free to speculate on yourselves. “Household incomes are still down 4.4% since the recession ended four years ago…” “…the inflation-adjusted median household income remains $2,380 below where it stood when the Obama “recovery” officially […]

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The Minimum Wage From Yet Another View

by Steve MacDonald June 3, 2013

The notion that New Hampshire needs to set a minimum wage higher than the current and equally arbitrary federal rate is as flawed a notion as the faux-benefit of a federal minimum wage in the first place.   But New Hampshire Democrats and some Democrats elected as Republicans, continue to make a case for it. […]

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Who Actually Pays What Percentage of Federal Taxes (At least one more time)

by Steve MacDonald September 30, 2012
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What Changed For State Workers In Wisconsin?

by Steve MacDonald March 11, 2011

If we ignore the change in national perception based on weeks of evidence that public union employees (and democrats) are selfish, angry, violent, children what actually changed when the Wisconsin legislature and Governor Walker succeeded in passing changes to collective bargaining?

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Blind Spot

by Steve MacDonald November 23, 2010

The saving of New Hampshire Taxpayer dollars has already begun. Peter Bragdon announced that his State Senate chief of staff will not be earning the $100,000.00 his predecessor is said to have received.

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No 3% Solution In Hillsborough

by Steve MacDonald June 14, 2010

When it becomes evident that they have exceeded our mandate or entered into agreements which have or will become fiscally untenable, the officials charged with representing the taxpayers interest must endeavor to introduce savings and efficiencies that limit the fiscal impact of those tasks before they overcome the ability of reasonable men and women to sustain them.

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