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Jul 5, 2016 5:32 PM

Steinhauser: Hassan wants $12 per hour minimum wage; not $15 in Democratic platform

NH1 News Political Director

HAMPTON – Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan disagrees with her political party’s national platform endorsement of a $15 an hour minimum wage.

"Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage," states a draft of the Democratic Party platform released Friday. "We believe that Americans should earn at least $15 an hour.”

The platform will be voted on at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia later this month.

Hassan, who’s Hassan’s challenging Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte instead of running for a third term in the Corner Office, was asked Monday by NH1 News about the $15 per hour minimum wage in the Democratic platform.

“I think it’s very very important that hard working families have a real increase in their wages. And I support increasing the minimum wage. I’ve fought to restore it and increase it here in New Hampshire,” the governor said.

“I’m not sure that $15 an hour nationwide is the right number. I think it’s very important to fight for twelve and then I think we’re going to need to see how the number works economically in different regions of the country,” Hassan added.

Hassan made her comments at a campaign event at Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton.

New Hampshire’s state minimum wage, which stands at the federal level of $7.25 an hour, is the lowest in New England. Raising the level has been a top priority for Hassan during her two terms as governor, but bills that would increase the wage have failed to pass the Republican controlled State House.

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