New Hampshire

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Contact:  Maggie Fogarty
Economic Justice Project Coordinator
American Friends Service Committee
4 Park Street, #209
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-224-2407  or fax 603-228-6492

UUA President Joins UU Church of Nashua's Living Wage Sunday, Jan 25 2009
The sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, NH, was packed and you could feel the excitement in the air. Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. William G.

Let Justice Roll Urges Faith Leaders to Endorse Call for $10 in 2010

By Laura Jefferson
New Hampshire Council of Churches, Aug 1 2008

On Thursday, July 24, the federal minimum wage increased from $5.85 to $6.55 an hour, providing a much-needed--but still  inadequate-- boost to workers and the  economy. The $6.55 minimum wage will still leave workers with less buying power than they had in 1997, at the start of the longest period in history without a raise. Even after the minimum wage rises to $7.25 in July 2009, it will be far below the minimum wage of 1968, which is worth $9.86 now.

Housing out of reach: New survey shows soaring rental costs in the Seacoast

By Jason G. Howe
Foster's Daily Democrat , Apr 11 2008
DOVER — Most people renting an apartment in the area can tell you what a study release Thursday has found.

Living on the Seacoast — from greater Rochester to greater Portsmouth — is expensive at best.

For many, it's unaffordable — literally.

N.H. rent increases among tops in nation

By Bob Sanders
New Hampshire Business Review, Apr 10 2008
The price of homes in New Hampshire may be slipping, but the cost of New Hampshire rents is going through the roof, according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

The cost of rentals in New Hampshire increased 16.3 percent in the last year -- the sharpest year-to-year increase in the nation for any non-metropolitan area in the country, according to the report, which was based on federal Housing and Urban Development statistics. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the state is now $1,012 -- 47 percent more than in 2000.

NH's higher minimum wage will help families live with dignity

Op-ed by George N. Copadis
Union Leader, Aug 31 2007

IT IS FITTING that tomorrow -- two days before Labor Day -- New Hampshire's minimum wage will increase from $5.85 to $6.50 per hour. Next September, the rate will rise to $7.25. Before a federally mandated increase on July 2, New Hampshire's minimum wage was the lowest in the Northeast at just $5.15 an hour.

New Hampshire minimum-wage earners getting 2 raises this year

AP, Jul 23 2007

CONCORD, N.H. --New Hampshire workers who earn minimum wage are getting two raises this year, starting Tuesday.

The federal government is raising the minimum wage 70 cents to $5.85 an hour Tuesday, the first increase in a decade.

Mininum wage bill in NH becomes law

By Tom Fahey
Union Leader, May 4 2007

CONCORD – The state's lowest-paid workers will get a 26 percent raise on Sept. 1 under a minimum wage increase Gov. John Lynch signed yesterday.

Under the first increase in a decade, minimum hourly pay will go from the current $5.15 to $6.50 on Sept. 1. It will increase again on Sept. 1, 2008 by 11 percent when it goes to $7.25.

Restauranteurs unfazed by wage increase

By Kate Davidson
Concord Monitor, Apr 30 2007

Many say their staff earn above minimum

Doug Dow, owner of C.C. Tomatoes restaurant in Penacook, isn't against a plan to increase the state's minimum wage by more that $2 in two years. After all, his workers already make more than the proposed increase.

"I don't see how people could possibly get by on what the current minimum wage is now," he said.

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