At a time when the New Hampshire legislature should be focusing on issues vital to our state like job creation and improving our education system, the house is again considering legislation that has been rejected by the governor, the legislature, and the people of New Hampshire and that would interfere with small businesses and reduce the wages of working Granite Staters.
"As a business professor and small business owner, I am appalled that the legislature is again spending taxpayer dollars on their failed right-to-work legislation - legislation that would put bureaucrats and politicians between businesses and their employees," said Democratic candidate for governor Jackie Cilley. "What we should be striving for are policies that allow every worker to make their way into the middle class and to become the consumer that Main Street New Hampshire is looking for. The one ingredient for a successful business is consumers who have the willingness and the ability to buy from Main Street New Hampshire."
Cilley, who has taught at UNH's Whittemore School for Business for more than twenty years and currently runs a small business with her husband, cited a study published last year by Gordon Lafer of the Economic Policy Institute. This study concluded that "In states that have adopted RTW (right-to-work), annual wages and benefits are about $1,500 lower than for comparable workers in non-RTW states - for both union and nonunion workers - and the odds of getting health insurance or a pension through one's job are also lower." The report also pointed out that RTW has no impact at all on job growth - a conclusion of multiple statistical studies carried out by both the report's author and by other independent economists.
"We've seen a number of polls that demonstrate that the voters don't support right-to-work legislation, Governor Lynch has already vetoed legislation like this once and the House voted to sustain that veto in spite of Speaker O'Brien's arm-twisting," said Cilley, adding "They all realize we put into place such things as collective bargaining, minimum wage laws, worker safety programs, overtime rules, and worker compensation because we want our workers to fully participate in our economy and support small businesses. Our economy won't recover without them."