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Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2014

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Governor Hassan Proclaims Equal Pay Day, Urges Support for New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act
Governor Submits Letter Encouraging House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee to Recommend Passage of Measure to Address Pay Equity

CONCORD - Highlighting how pay equity will strengthen the economy and improve the financial security of working families, Governor Maggie Hassan proclaimed today Equal Pay Day in New Hampshire and submitted a letter to the House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee encouraging members to recommend passage of SB 207, the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation sponsored by Senator Sylvia Larsen of Concord that builds on the important equal pay law signed in 2000 by then Governor Jeanne Shaheen.

“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,” Governor Hassan wrote. “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,” Governor Hassan wrote.

The New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act updates state law 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,” the Governor’s letter continued. “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.”

Equal Pay Day proclamation  pdf file

Governor Hassan’s full letter the Senate Commerce Committee is below:

April 8, 2014

Representative Andrew White, Chairman
House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee
Room 307
Legislative Office Building, Concord

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

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