Minimum Wage

NH News
3:04 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

N.H. Senate Kills Minimum Wage Hike

The New Hampshire Senate has killed a bill that would have set the state minimum wage at $8.25 next year and increase it to $9 in 2016.

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NH News
5:30 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Governor Hassan Calls On Senate To Increase Minimum Wage

Governor Maggie Hassan is urging Senate lawmakers to increase the state’s minimum wage.

In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, Governor Hassan writes that boosting the rate would accelerate the state’s economic growth.

“Restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage will help our economy by putting more money in the pockets of hard-working people of all ages to spend at businesses across the state,” writes Hassan.

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NH News
5:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Senate Finance Committee To Take Up Minimum Wage Bill

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The Senate Finance committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that aims to boost New Hampshire’s minimum wage.

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NH News
12:41 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Bus Tour Stop In N.H. Pushes Sen. Ayotte To Support Minimum Wage Hike

Laura Fortman, U.S. Labor Department's Principal Deputy Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, speaks at the "Give America a Raise" rally in Nashua.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A multi-state bus tour echoing President Barack Obama’s push to raise the national minimum wage stopped in the Granite State this morning.

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6:31 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

House Approves Boost To Minimum Wage

The minimum wage would go up a dollar to $8.25 an hour next year under a bill approved by the Democratically-controlled House. The measure, which passed 173-118, increases the wage to $9 in 2016, and starting in 2017, ties it to the inflation rate.

Supporters say the move helps the working poor.

Opponents argue increasing the wage will hurt business and reduce employment. The measure faces an uphill fight in the GOP-held Senate.

Right now, New Hampshire doesn’t have its own minimum wage, and relies on the federal rate of $7.25. 

NH News
4:53 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Gov. Hassan Calls On Lawmakers To Increase N.H.'s Minimum Wage

In her State of the State address today, Governor Maggie Hassan called on state lawmakers to restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage.

The state Legislature in 2011 eliminated the state minimum wage and defaulted to the federal wage of $7.25 an hour.

Senator Lou D’Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, agrees the minimum wage should be raised, but knows the debate will be a long and difficult one.

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Business and Economy
4:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Minimum Wage Debate To Return To N.H. State House

The debate over the minimum wage will return to the state house this session.  A proposal to reestablish a state minimum wage failed last year in the Republican-controlled state Senate.  This session, Democrats hope to set a state minimum wage at $8.25 an hour

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The Exchange
9:22 am
Tue January 7, 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Minimum Wage In N.H.

Some stats surrounding the minimum wage debate in New Hampshire:

The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

A New Minimum Wage For N.H.?

Credit / Pew Research Center

As more states increase their minimum wages beyond the federal level, New Hampshire’s has remained at the same at seven dollars and twenty-five cents an hour. Now, some state lawmakers want to raise it, saying it will help lift workers out of poverty and boost the economy. Opponents though, warn of unintended consequences, including layoffs and slower job growth.


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NH News
3:29 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Union-Backed Protesters Highlight Minimum Wage At Manchester McDonald's

Protesters in front of McDonald's on South Willow st, Manchester.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

More than a dozen protesters lined up in front of a Manchester McDonald’s to take part in a national effort to raise the federal minimum wage.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Senate Votes To Table Minimum Wage Bill

The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to table a plan to reinstate a state minimum wage at the same level as the federal wage of $7.25.

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