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New Poll Shows Most Americans Support Higher Minimum Wage

July 24, 2013 Common Cents

A new poll released today finds that 80 percent of Americans – including 62 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Independents – support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and indexing it to the cost of living.

The poll also found that 74 percent of Americans consider raising the minimum wage to be an important legislative priority for Congress over the next year.

The poll was commissioned by the National Employment Law Project Action Fund and conducted by Hart Research Associates from July 15-17. Top-line results of poll are available here.

The polling was performed in connection with The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, now before Congress. The bill would raise the federal minimum wage from the current rate of $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by 2015. It also provides for annual increases in future years to keep pace with the rising cost of living.

The legislation would help tipped workers as well, increasing a minimum wage that’s been  frozen at $2.13 per hour since 1991 to 70 percent of the full minimum wage.

Raising the minimum wage is expected to boost pay for more than 30 million low-wage workers, including those in New Hampshire. Another 15 million children are expected to benefit as minimum-wage-earning parents add to their family income.

According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute, 88 percent of these workers are adults over the age of 20. The vast majority – 85 percent – work more than 20 hours per week and 43 percent have at least some college education.

The Economic Policy Institute analysis also estimates that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would generate more than $32 billion in new economic activity, supporting the creation of 140,000 new full-time jobs as local businesses expand to meet increased demand driven by worker spending.

 

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NH Poverty Rate Increases with Supplemental Measure

20 Oct 2014

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Ask any scientist or researcher and they’ll tell you: measurement matters. That truth extends to the social sciences as well, where better, more robust measures can yield new insights into economic conditions. For instance, a more comprehensive measure of poverty – known as the Supplemental Poverty Measure – demonstrates that New Hampshire’s poverty rate is much higher than typically thought. In fact, New Hampshire was one of just 13 states where the poverty rate was higher under the Supplemental Poverty Measure.

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