Bill Would Reestablish N.H. Minimum Wage, Raise It To $10 An Hour By 2018

Mar 3, 2015

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

A bill that would set the state’s minimum wage at $8.25 an hour next year will go before a Senate committee Tuesday.

Under the bill backed by seven Democratic state Senators, the increased minimum wage would take effect at the beginning of 2016.

The bill calls for further increases to $9 an hour in 2017 and $10 an hour in 2018.

Under Republican leadership, lawmakers repealed the state’s minimum wage in 2011.

New Hampshire has since deferred to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

In her State of the State address last month, Gov. Maggie Hassan called on lawmakers to increase the minimum wage, though it’s unlikely to get through the Republican-led Legislature.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee this afternoon.