New Hampshire Senate gives preliminary OK to raise minimum wage

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The New Hampshire Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to establish and then gradually increase the minimum wage.

The state currently defaults to the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Lawmakers last year approved the creation of a state minimum wage, but Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed it. The vote Thursday in the Democrat-majority Senate was 14-10 to raise the state minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2021, and $12 an hour in 2023.

Supporters noted that New Hampshire continues to fall behind its New England neighbors. On Jan. 1, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts all raised their minimum wage.¬†Opponents of the measure said it would harm New Hampshire’s strong economy and low unemployment

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