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

Mar 25, 2014

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.

The mission of the “Give America a Raise” tour is clear as it pulls into the parking lot of the Nashua Public Library.

$10.10 is splashed in giant numbers across both sides of the bus.

The campaign is organized by the progressive Americans United for Change and the group’s President Brad Woodhouse says the stop is New Hampshire is no coincidence.

“We’re going through states where we need to get Republican Senators to help us get to 60 votes. We were in Maine yesterday calling on Susan Collins. We’re here today calling on Senator Ayotte to support increasing the minimum wage. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue.”

For her part, Ayotte has said she’s more interested in creating jobs than making it more difficult for employers to hire.

The tour comes as New Hampshire considers its own minimum wage hike.

House lawmakers passed a bill to increase it to $8.25 an hour next year, and then again to $9 an hour in 2016.

But the state Senate is not expected to pass the measure.