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Issue Position: Fighting for Working Families

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Fighting for Working Families

Increasing the Minimum Wage

Under John Lynch's leadership, New Hampshire increased the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years, helping families struggling to cope with rising costs.

Safeguarding New Hampshire's Retirement System

Gov. Lynch and legislators passed comprehensive reform that will help safeguard the future viability of New Hampshire's retirement system for all workers.

Extending Unemployment Benefits

Gov. John Lynch signed laws extending unemployment benefits to part-time workers and allowing workers who need to care for disabled family members to collect unemployment compensation benefits while they are out of work.

Stemming Mortgage Foreclosures

Gov. John Lynch signed two critical pieces of consumer protection legislation protecting homeowners at their most vulnerable time - when they are in danger of losing their home. One new law is helping to protect New Hampshire families from mortgage foreclosure rescue scams, saving the valuable equity they have built into their homes. Another new law will require all mortgage originators to be licensed in an effort to cut down on unscrupulous lending practices.

The Governor has also directed the state Banking Department to hold public information sessions across the state to assist homeowners and potential buyers with their mortgage paperwork.

Giving Working Families A Lift

Helping Families Find Stable Employment: The state budget signed by Gov. John Lynch provides transportation assistance and childcare co-pays through the welfare program so that more families will be able to move from welfare to work.

Ensuring More Families Have a Safe, Stable Home: Gov. Lynch understands the importance of quality, affordable housing for our hard-working families. That is why he included funding in the budget for a state planner dedicated to working with local communities on developing more workforce housing.

Combating Homelessness: John Lynch created a revolving fund to provide security deposits for homeless families, removing one of the barriers preventing homeless families from finding permanent housing and allowing more New Hampshire families to have a home to call their own.

Protecting Worker Safety

John Lynch signed legislation enhancing worker safety by requiring bidders on state and local building, and public works contracts to certify their employees have completed an OSHA safety program for their on site employees. The Governor also signed into law legislation to prevent employers from improperly characterizing employees as independent contractors, creating a level playing field for New Hampshire workers and to help ensure workers receive proper compensation and benefits.

Opposing So-Called Right to Work Legislation

John Lynch again strongly opposed so-called right-to-work legislation, which would have interfered with the right of workers to organize.

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