CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Senate voted against raising the state's minimum wage.
The bill would have raised the state's minimum wage to $8.25 or the rate set in the federal minimum wage law. The vote was 13 yeas to 11 nays.
“House Bill 1403 runs contrary to more than three years worth of policies designed to strengthen our economy and create jobs for hardworking New Hampshire residents," Senator Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) said. "In fact, the Congressional Budget Office found that passage of similar legislation at the federal level would result in the loss of more than half a million jobs. House Bill 1403 is feel good legislation that would undermine the successes we have had to date, and would hurt most the people it claims to help.”
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan issued this statement:
“I am disappointed that Senate Republicans voted today against a bill to restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage, a measure that an overwhelming majority of Granite Staters support because it would strengthen our economy and help improve the economic security of working families.
In order to truly accelerate our economic growth, working families and individuals must be confident in their own financial circumstances and able to purchase the goods and services they need. Restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage would strengthen our economy and support businesses by putting more money in the pockets of their consumers.
People working full-time in New Hampshire should be paid enough to support their families, and I will continue fighting to restore and improve our state minimum wage in order to boost our economy and strengthen the economic security of thousands of Granite Staters.”
The New Hampshire House passed the bill 173-118 in March.