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Poll: Small Business Supports Higher Minimum Wage

April 25, 2013 Common Cents

Small Business Supports Higher Minimum Wage graphic 1A new poll finds substantial support among small business owners for raising the federal minimum wage.  Conducted on behalf of Small Business Majority, the poll finds that 67 percent of the small business owners surveyed would back an effort to increase the federal minimum above $7.25 per hour and to adjust it annually for inflation.

Two-thirds of small business owners agreed that increasing the minimum wage would help the economy as low-income consumers would have more money to spend on small businesses’ goods and services and would rely less on taxpayer-financed government assistance.

While the poll focuses on the federal minimum wage, it remains relevant for similar debates here in New Hampshire.  Opponents of bolstering the Granite State’s minimum wage often claim it would have an adverse affect on smaller employers and negative consequences for the state’s economy as a whole.Small Business Sees Higher Demand graphic 2

Yet, as the graphic to the right illustrates, the poll finds that the large majority of small business owners understand that a higher minimum wage can improve their bottom lines.

For more on restoring New Hampshire’s minimum wage, visit the American Friends Service Committee’s web site  or check out the information available from the National Employment Law Project.

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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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