Sununu Vetoes Bill Aimed At Construction Wage Violations

Jun 25, 2019

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill aimed at curbing wage violations in the construction industry.

The bill backed by Democratic state lawmakers would have made it easier for the Department of Labor to quickly stop a project if the contractor was under investigation for wage theft, or for failing to pay workers' compensation.

Supporters said the bill was needed to curb widespread underpayment of wages, particularly of undocumented immigrant workers.

But critics said it would unfairly slow construction projects. Sununu vetoed seven other bills today, including ones designed to boost labor rights, unemployment benefits, and renewable energy.