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May102014

NHDP - ICYMI: N.H. Senate Republicans Agree With Havenstein And Brown, Defeat Bill To Raise Minimum Wage

Concord Monitor: N.H. Senate Republicans defeat bill to raise minimum
 


"During yesterday’s debate, all 11 Democrats stood up to speak in favor of raising the minimum wage, while just four Republicans spoke. Democrats said raising the wage would give hardworking people a much-needed economic boost ..."


N.H. Senate Republicans defeat bill to raise minimum

New Hampshire’s minimum wage will remain at $7.25 an hour after all 13 Republican senators voted yesterday against a bill to raise it in increments....

New Hampshire relies on the federal minimum wage of $7.25, which is lower than the minimum wage in the rest of New England. This bill would have re-established a state minimum wage at $8.25 in 2015, then $9 in 2016. After that, the wage would increase yearly based on inflation. The Democratic-led House passed the bill earlier this session, and House Speaker Terie Norelli, a Portsmouth Democrat, strongly condemned the Senate’s vote. On a state and national level, Democrats are hoping to make raising the minimum wage a major election-year issue....

During yesterday’s debate, all 11 Democrats stood up to speak in favor of raising the minimum wage, while just four Republicans spoke. Democrats said raising the wage would give hardworking people a much-needed economic boost and, in turn, boost the state’s economy, while Republicans said raising the wage would eliminate entry-level jobs.

Someone working full time for minimum wage makes $15,800 a year, which has a purchasing power 30 percent lower than what a minimum wage worker made in the 1960s, said Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat. Raising the minimum wage is one step toward closing a growing gap in income inequality, he said. Working for minimum wage makes it nearly impossible for people to buy food, find affordable housing and support families, he and other Democrats said....

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