Senate Finance Committee Recommends Killing Minimum Wage Hike

May 5, 2014

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A proposal to increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage will face its toughest challenge this week, as it goes before the Republican-led Senate.

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee voted 4-2 to kill the bill that would increase the state’s minimum hourly wage to $8.25 next year.

The rate would increase again to $9 an hour in 2016, and would then be automatically tied to inflation.

New Hampshire has the lowest minimum wage in New England, following the federal rate of $7.25 an hour.

Several business groups oppose the increase, saying it would ultimately force them to hire fewer workers.

The democratically-controlled House passed the bill in March.

Governor Maggie Hassan sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee members last week urging them to pass the measure.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday.