Center Square: After Sununu's veto, Senate president vows to again try to increase New Hampshire minimum wage
In his veto message rejecting a hike to New Hampshire's minimum wage law, Gov. Chris Sununu argued that it would have increased unemployment and damaged the state's economy.
New Hampshire Democrats, on the other hand, reject that argument and insist they plan to keep trying to boost the state's wage.
The bill intended to raise the current $7.25 an hour minimum wage to $10 an hour effective Jan. 1, 2020. The rate would then increase again to $12 by January 2021.
State Senate President Donna Soucy, a Democrat and the author of the minimum wage legislation, said in a statement that she would continue to push for higher wages for low-income New Hampshire residents.
"I remain committed to this fight and extend my sincere gratitude to the advocates and lawmakers pushing to raise the wage," Soucy said. "New Hampshire values work – it’s far past time for us to guarantee that hardworking Granite Staters earn enough to support themselves and their families.”