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N.H. Minimum Wage To Remain $7.25, After Senate Kills Boosting It To $12

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Allegra Boverman for NHPR
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The Republican-controlled Senate Thursday yet again killed a bill along party lines to create a state minimum wage in New Hampshire.

Currently the state adheres to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The bill sought to boost the minimum wage to $12  an hour by September 2018. 

Opponents argued this increase would hurt small businesses and lead to a loss of low-wage jobs.

Democratic Senator Donna Soucy of Manchester was the bill’s main sponsor. 

“Somebody working for $7.25 an hour is making just over $15,000 a year," Soucy told her colleagues on the Senate floor.  "I don’t care what district you live you but a person and a person trying to support a family cannot exist on $15,000 per year.”

Nineteen states including Maine began the year with higher minimum wages.

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