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Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill that would have re-established and raised New Hampshire's minimum wage, it would have had a detrimental effect on workers.

The state currently relies on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, the lowest in New England. The Legislature's bill would have set it at $10 per hour in 2020 and $12 per hour in 2022.

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Governor Chris Sununu has for days warned of plans to veto the state budget if it includes a rollback of business tax cuts that took effect in January.

But he says more vetoes are coming on other bills prioritized by Democrats, including plans to raise the state minimum wage, tighten gun laws, and loosen or reverse GOP-backed changes to state voting laws.

"Those are just political bills, the ones you just mentioned, and most of those will get vetoed, absolutely. That's just political stuff. I am here to manage the state."

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  This year’s legislative session has seen a push to raise New Hampshire’s minimum wage. NHPR has been profiling some of the people who would be the most affected by that change.

Yesterday, we heard from a business owner who thought raising the minimum wage would be a good thing for his workers. Today, for our final story in this series, we head to Gorham in New Hampshire’s North Country.

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This week, as lawmakers consider a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage above the current federal minimum, we're profiling people for whom the law would have the biggest impact. Workers stand to benefit from a raise in pay, but employers may see their labor costs rise. 

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At $7.25, New Hampshire has the lowest minimum wage in New England. The next lowest is Connecticut at $10.10 per hour.

This year, New Hampshire legislators are taking a serious look at raising the wage - up to $12 per hour.

And as they do, NHPR is talking with people who would be impacted by that change, including one group not often represented in political debates: teenagers.

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New Hampshire's Senate on Thursday passed a bill to raise the state's minimum wage.

The bill, which passed 14-10, would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2020 and $11 or $12 an hour in 2021, depending on additional benefits provided by employers, such as paid sick days.  The bill also would set the tipped minimum wage at $4 an hour, with workers making below the new minimum wage with tips being compensated for the difference by their employer.

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On a 210-145 vote, Democrats passed a bill on Thursday in the N.H. House that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour.

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Democrats began their push this session to raise New Hampshire’s minimum wage during hearings at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

Lawmakers are considering three different bills that would each take a different approach to increasing the state’s rate, which currently stands at $7.25 an hour.

New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes says an increase in the minimum wage is long overdue.

New Hampshire repealed its own state minimum in 2011, and has since used the federal rate of $7.25 per hour. 

Feltes and fellow Democrats in the legislative majority hope to raise the wage.

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New Hampshire’s minimum wage is the lowest in New England. It's the same as the federal rate: $7.25 an hour. Meanwhile, Maine sets its minimum wage at $10; Vermont, at $10.50; and Massachusetts, $11, is on the way up to $15.

For the latest in NHPR's Only in New Hampshire series, listener and lifelong Manchester resident Kathy Staub asked:

New Hampshire is surrounded by states with a minimum wage of $10 or more. How do higher wage commuters impact rents along the border?

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Although surrounded by states with minimum wages of over $10 an hour, New Hampshire holds to the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour, the lowest in New England. 

If you're making close to the minimum wage in New Hampshire, can you make rent?


Raise Up New Hampshire is starting a new initiative to advocate for increased wages, benefits and paid family leave.

The group plans to kick off their Raise the Wage! campaign Monday afternoon at the State House.

There, community members will share their experiences earning a minimum wage in the state.

Rev. John Gregory-Davis is one of the campaign's leaders. He says this is an issue candidates need to pay attention to in this election.

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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.

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The state Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage in New Hampshire to $12 an hour by September of 2018.

New Hampshire currently has no minimum wage, effectively defaulting to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. 

 

Minimum wage workers in Maine are going to get a raise.

According to Maine Public Broadcasting, voters, by a solid margin, supported the ballot measure that will boost the current $7.50 an hour minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

It will also increase tipped workers’ base wages, which some in the restaurant industry say will increase costs and change the culture of hospitality.

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It's a contentious issue in the upcoming election, and in the Granite State, politicians remain strongly divided. New Hampshire still has the lowest minimum in New England, at seven-twenty-five an hour.  State leaders remain divided on how to increase wages without harming business and raising prices. 


Upping N.H.'s Minimum Wage Again Falls Flat at Statehouse

Mar 10, 2016

Lawmakers’ most recent attempt at establishing a state minimum wage this legislation session failed in the House Thursday morning. The measure, which was rejected by a vote of 185 to 143, would have increased the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2019.

Currently New Hampshire’s minimum wage is set at the federal rate of $7.25 an hour, making it the lowest minimum wage in all of New England.

N.H. Lawmakers Weigh Upping State's Minimum Wage - Again

Jan 26, 2016
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This legislative session there are two bills, one in the House and one in the Senate, seeking to establish a state minimum wage, something New Hampshire nixed in 2011.

Currently New Hampshire’s minimum wage is set at the federal rate of $7.25 an hour. The Senate bill, which had a public hearing on Tuesday, wants to up that to $12. This nearly five dollar jump was something many in the business community were opposed to. 

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Several bills address the minimum wage this legislative season, including one to increase it gradually and exclude workers under age eighteen – a provision some say could bolster bipartisan support. But concerns remain about unintended consequences, especially among small businesses owners.

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A proposal to increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage to $9.50 by 2019 goes before a House committee Tuesday.

The bill would re-establish a state a minimum wage, setting it at $8.25 next year.

New Hampshire lawmakers repealed the state’s minimum wage in 2011, and the state has since deferred to the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

That’s the lowest minimum wage in New England.

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The new legislative session kicked off last week, as lawmakers began the process of again sifting through the hundreds of new bills.

Many of these proposals would affect New Hampshire’s business community, including raising the state’s minimum wage, an issue that hasn’t gone anywhere in the past.

But could there be a spirit of compromise this year?

Jeff Feingold is editor of New Hampshire Business Review.

He joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about the new legislative session.

Cities and Counties Take Action on Minimum Wage

Sep 8, 2015
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Recently, cities and counties have taken the lead on mandating much higher pay for traditional low-wage jobs, instead of waiting for the states or the federal government.  Supporters say these increases are long overdue and only fair, but others warn of unintended consequences, including job losses and cutbacks in hours.

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Both the New Hampshire House and Senate have killed bills Thursday that would have established a higher state minimum wage.

The House’s measure, which was rejected in a 198 to 145 vote, would have raised the minimum wage to $9.10 by next year -- tacking on nearly $7 by 2018.

Meanwhile in a 14-10 vote the Senate rejected to increase the hourly rate by $8.25  by next January – reaching $10 by 2018.

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 will remain in place. Currently 29 other states have higher minimum wages. 

N.H. Lawmakers Set To Tackle Dozens Of Bills This Week

Mar 10, 2015
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It will be a busy week at the New Hampshire State House with more than one hundred bills slated for votes by Friday. The bills range from decriminalizing up to a half an ounce of marijuana to tacking $5 onto marriage licenses to fund domestic violence prevention.

Nineteen other states, including the rest of New England, have adopted similar measures to make the possession of marijuana a violation rather than a crime. Should it pass the house, and decriminalization bills have before, it will face an uphill climb.

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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.

The New Hampshire Senate has killed a bill that would have set the state minimum wage at $8.25 next year and increase it to $9 in 2016.

Governor Maggie Hassan is urging Senate lawmakers to increase the state’s minimum wage.

In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, Governor Hassan writes that boosting the rate would accelerate the state’s economic growth.

“Restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage will help our economy by putting more money in the pockets of hard-working people of all ages to spend at businesses across the state,” writes Hassan.

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The Senate Finance committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that aims to boost New Hampshire’s minimum wage.

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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 minimum wage would go up a dollar to $8.25 an hour next year under a bill approved by the Democratically-controlled House. The measure, which passed 173-118, increases the wage to $9 in 2016, and starting in 2017, ties it to the inflation rate.

Supporters say the move helps the working poor.

Opponents argue increasing the wage will hurt business and reduce employment. The measure faces an uphill fight in the GOP-held Senate.

Right now, New Hampshire doesn’t have its own minimum wage, and relies on the federal rate of $7.25. 

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