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Apr 10, 2016 10:44 AM

Gov. Hassan says she'd support increasing NH's minimum wage to $10/hr

CONCORD - Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kelly Ayotte, says she supports raising New Hampshire's minimum wage to $10 an hour.

“We should be close to that $10 mark,” Hassan told the Concord Monitor in an interview Friday. “And I think we should look at increasing it further moving forward.”

New Hampshire's minimum wage is set at the federal level: $7.25 an hour, a level that puts the state behind the rest of New England and well behind the $15-an-hour target adopted recently by lawmakers in New York and California.

Efforts to raise the hourly rate have consistently failed in the N.H. legislature, which this year rejected two such proposals, including one that would have increased the minimum wage gradually over several years and another that would have bumped it to $12 an hour more immediately.

Hassan said if elected to the U.S. Senate, she would push to raise the federal minimum wage, but she did not say by how much.

“We should look at the possibility of a federal standard. The one caution I have is that different states have different economies,” she said. “The exact number there is something I think we should review carefully.”

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