Raise Up NH held a rally at the State House on Organization Day – when the elected House and Senate officials meet to elect leaders within their own bodies and are sworn in – last Wednesday to urge Gov. Chris Sununu and incoming elected officials to raise the minimum wage in the Granite State. The group presented its petition, which garnered about 1,200 signatures to the governor, incoming Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff and incoming Senate President Donna Soucy.
“These signatures demonstrate that our friends and neighbors understand that it is unjust and immoral not to pay working people enough to live with dignity and hope,” Raise Up NH member Rev. John Gregory-Davis said. “There is no excuse in a nation as wealthy as ours for anyone to be earning anything less than a living wage for a full day’s work and we’re happy to see how much support this simple idea has earned in New Hampshire.”
Led by Rev. John Gregory-Davis and Rev. Gail Kinney of Meriden Congregational Church, about 75 activists filed in the governor’s office to give personal testimony to his policy adviser on their struggles with surviving on New Hampshire’s minimum wage. Many pointed out that New Hampshire’s minimum wage of $7.25 is not competitive with other New England states.
As one attendee said, “Raise the wage, so we won’t need government assistance. It’s the fiscally responsible thing to do.”
Raise Up NH is an initiative of the NH Alliance for a Moral Economy of which SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is a community partner.