President’s Message: Where Are Our Priorities?

Rich Gulla

President Rich Gulla

On Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate voted 12-11 to approve SB 11, a so-called right to work bill. 

It is deeply disappointing that the very first piece of legislation passed by the New Hampshire State Senate in 2017 is anti-worker and backed by out-of-state special interests. New Hampshire is better than this. We should be working to protect New Hampshire workers and families – not trying to hurt them.

Where are our priorities?

Recently, CNBC ranked New Hampshire as the #1 business-friendly state in the country. New Hampshire ranked lower in some areas, all related to our infrastructure – an area of improvement discussed for many years. Unfortunately, our legislators have chosen to put special interests before sound public policy that would improve this non-partisan framework.

Wages in so-called Right to Work states are 3.1% lower— translating to $1,500 less in annual wages—than those in states that have not implemented so-called Right to Work measures. Additionally, half of the so-called Right to Work states have unemployment rates even higher than the national average.  Compare that to New Hampshire, where we have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation.

We have a lot to be proud of here in the Granite State. We’re the No. 1 business-friendly state in the USA and have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. We don’t need out-of-state special interest groups controlling our legislature so they can line the pockets of out-of-state millionaires and billionaires, on the backs of New Hampshire families.

In solidarity,
Rich Gulla

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