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New minimum wage bill headed for a vote

June 22, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers will vote next week on a compromise bill to re-establish and raise the state’s minimum wage.

Both the House and Senate had passed similar minimum wage bills but they differed in when increases would take effect. A compromise reached last week would set the minimum wage at $10 per hour in 2020 and $12 per hour in 2022.

The state currently relies on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, the lowest in New England. Senate President Donna Soucy, the bill’s prime sponsor, says it responds to concerns from businesses who said if the state moves to raise the minimum wage, it should be done cleanly and clearly, with plenty of time to implement it.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has said he opposes the bill.

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