We’ve got more min. wage nitwittery from NH state reps Jan Schmidt and Sherry Frost – Let me expand on that title for a fuller impact.
Unless otherwise provided by statute, no person, firm, or corporation shall employ any employee at an hourly rate lower than that set forth in the federal minimum wage law, as amended, or $22.50 per hour, whichever is higher.
Got that? “…whichever is HIGHER.”
This is monetary stupidity on a stick dropped on hot asphalt in August. Have they no idea what kind of unemployment will result from this? And how many jobs (and companies) will just vanish?
Hasn’t the Berni-Bro-ette from Nashua already figured out the havoc she has helped cause in constantly hammering the local businesses in Nashua as a result of her Aldermanic decisions? OMG!
Egads, these two are stupider than those old Pet Rocks – and I’d rather have one of those around than either of these two geniuses. At least the Pet Rock knew when to keep its yap shut and, having no hands, couldn’t go diving into someone else’s wallet to extract their private property (e.g., money).
Frost, she of the foul mouth, and Schmidt, the “Silence all Conservatives who quote me!” Rep., have really gone off the deep end on this.
But this is why we want them to keep on talking, and talking, and talking some more. And in this case, with HB107, they are showing that just because they got more votes than anyone else in their district, they should never be put in front of a keyboard.
The impact of their bill, HB107, is that you could have a high school ice cream scooper at the local creamery making $22.50/hour. The math turns out to be, at 40 hours / week, $900. Other taxes and mandatory “benefits” on top of that (like unemployment, social security, Medicare, and the like). Take that to 50 weeks (two weeks vacation), that gross amount goes to $45,000 / year.
High schoolers who would want to work will discover that the lowest rungs of the economic ladder have just been sawed off completely. The vast majority of them have no skills that could possibly be worth that much to an employer. And imagine the cost of an ice cream cone as that “minimum wage” gets locked into the supply chain underneath that retailer. Immediately, the cost of labor triples.
Now, are YOU going to pay the resulting costs to go out? This doesn’t help the middle class, it KILLS it. It will kill temp jobs, it will kill jobs in low margin industries; in fact, it may wipe them out completely. Do these two fools understand what the SEIU’s “Fight for $15” (as a minimum wage) as they tried to unionize fast food restaurants?
Yeah, automation started to replace order takers with computerized order takers. The companies invested in apps so as to eliminate more. And we’ve been putting up the automated robots that are now rolling out to eliminate the back-of-house help just as the front-of-house leave forever out the front door.
I’d never be able to run a daycare anymore unless my clientele were in the top 10, top 5 or top1% of the market place – the overhead would be too high and the margins too small.
But like all Democrat / Progressive / Socialists, results never matter – only the “good intentions” do. Even when it is pointed out that they make no sense at all.
But, let’s consider this – perhaps their intention IS to kill off the smaller and lower end businesses and employment positions!
Here’s HB107; who knew that such damage could be done in so few words:
HB 107 – AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 107
AN ACT relative to the minimum hourly rate.
SPONSORS: Rep. Sofikitis, Hills. 34; Rep. Frost, Straf. 16; Rep. J. Schmidt, Hills. 28
COMMITTEE: Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services
This bill establishes the state minimum hourly rate at $22.50 per hour.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [
in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One
AN ACT relative to the minimum hourly rate.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Minimum Hourly Rate. Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 279:21 to read as follows:
279:21 Minimum Hourly Rate. Unless otherwise provided by statute, no person, firm, or corporation shall employ any employee at an hourly rate lower than that set forth in the federal minimum wage law, as amended, or $22.50 per hour, whichever is higher.
Tipped employees of a restaurant, hotel, motel, inn or cabin, or ballroom who customarily and regularly receive more than $30 a month in tips directly from the customers will receive a base rate from the employer of not less than 45 percent of the applicable minimum wage. If an employee shows to the satisfaction of the commissioner that the actual amount of wages received at the end of each pay period did not equal the minimum wage for all hours worked, the employer shall pay the employee the difference to guarantee the applicable minimum wage. The limitations imposed hereby shall be subject to the following exceptions:
2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.