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New Hampshire

May 9, 2014

N.H. Senate rejects minimum wage hike

N.H. Senate splits minimum-wage vote along party lines

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Gov. Maggie Hassan, who has called for a minimum wage increase, said she was disappointed and passage of the bill would have provided more economic stability to low-income workers. The New Hampshire Democratic Party also criticized the vote.

“People working full time in New Hampshire should be paid enough to support their families,” Hassan said. “I will continue fighting to restore and improve our state minimum wage in order to boost our economy and strengthen the economic security of thousands of Granite Staters.”

A poll of 568 state residents conducted earlier this year by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center showed widespread support for an increase, according to center director Andrew Smith.

Of those surveyed, 76 backed an increase, including 59 percent who “strongly” supported a hike in the rate.

Meanwhile, 8 percent were “strongly” in opposition and 5 percent were “somewhat” opposed. Eight percent said “don’t know” and 3 percent were neutral, the poll said.

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