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New Hampshire

March 6, 2013

NH considering reinstating state minimum wage

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Some New Hampshire lawmakers want to bring back a state minimum wage independent of the federal minimum wage.

The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill to set the state minimum wage at the same level as the federal wage of $7.25. Tipped employees that regularly get $30 or more in tips per month would still get at least 45 percent of that. The bill would allow New Hampshire to set a minimum wage higher than the federal one, but it could not go lower.

Two years ago a Republican controlled legislature repealed the state minimum wage, which was first passed in 1949. The bill passed out of committee by a 3-2 margin, setting up a contentious vote in the Senate where Republicans hold a one vote majority.

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