Dear Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:
I write to you today in support of SB 207, the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014, a critical piece of legislation for New Hampshire's economy and working families. Today, well over half of the women in our state are either the primary or co-breadwinners in their families. And yet, on average, women in New Hampshire earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to what men earn in comparable jobs. This disparity makes it more difficult for New Hampshire families to achieve financial prosperity and save for the future. It also puts further strain on our state budget and hurts our local businesses by taking money out of the pockets of consumers.
The Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014 will strengthen New Hampshire's economic future and improve the financial security of working families by providing the tools and protections needed to ensure equal paychecks for all Granite Staters. It builds on the important equal pay law signed in 2000 by then Governor Jeanne Shaheen by eliminating loopholes, increasing transparency in wages, and ensuring that all workers have the appropriate tools and resources to help them earn a fair and equal paycheck, without fear of retaliation.
Eliminating the pay gap between women and men will strengthen our economy and the financial security of working families across the state. I thank Senator Larsen and Speaker Norelli for sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act and encourage members of the committee to reaffirm the principle that an equal day's work deserves an equal day's pay. Please recommend passage of SB 207.
Thank you for your consideration of this important legislation.
With every good wish,
Margaret Wood Hassan
Governor of New Hampshire