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May 08. 2014 2:10PM

Senate kills minimum wage increase on party-line vote

CONCORD – A hotly contested Senate debate, followed by a party-line 13-11 vote, ended any possibility of the minimum wage rising in New Hampshire next year.

Senators debated the merits of House Bill 1403 for an hour and a half with Democrats saying working people’s labor deserves the dignity of a livable wage, while one Republican called the bill part of the “war on employers.”

The bill would have raised the minimum wage in New Hampshire from the federally set $7.25 an hour to $8.25 an hour Jan. 1, 2015, and to $9 a year later. After that, the wage would be tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Both Gov. Maggie Hassan and House Speaker Terie Norelli decried the Senate’s action, but conservative activists and business groups praised the bill’s demise.


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