Jan 8, 2015 8:23 PM
Democratic Rep. pushing to raise minimum wage in NH
CONCORD- Democrat State Rep. Jackie Cilley has filed legislation to raise the minimum wage in the Granite State.
Some Concord residents like Mike Giaununzio would support it.
"I think it would be excellent, I'm not sure what the other repercussions with the government or small business but it sounds great on the surface," Giaununzio
Right now, New Hampshire doesn't have a minimum wage, it's been left up to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.
Cilley has proposed a gradual increase over three years:
$9.10 by 2016, then up to $11.40 the next year, and finally up to $14.25 by 2018.
"We're looking to create a livable wage in the state of New Hampshire," Cilley said.
Cilley says the Republican school of thought that it will kill business, just isn't true.
"There have been at least 15 if not more credible studies, some by Nobel prize winning economists that have shown that there is no dilatory effects of increasing the minimum wage on the number of jobs," Cilley said.
Some haven't worked for minimum wage since high school, but say they couldn't live off of it now.
"It was fine at the time but definitely could not support a family on it," Giaununzio said.
Cilley says her proposal could get assigned a bill number in the coming weeks, then it will most likely get sent to the labor committee.