Concord Monitor: Ahead of veto override day, Senate President Donna Soucy stands behind minimum wage law
New Hampshire Senate President Donna Soucy isn’t betting the farm on Senate Bill 10 – her bill to increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage – securing the votes to overcome Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto this Thursday. But she’s pushing for it anyway.
On a conference call Monday, the Manchester Democrat praised the bill, which would raise the minimum wage to $12 for many businesses by 2022.
“If you’re a single mother trying to work two jobs … you just can’t get by,” she said. “You can’t get by without government assistance on a minimum wage.”
But Sununu vetoed the bill earlier this year, arguing it would hurt businesses and cost jobs. And with only 14 “yes” votes in the Senate the last time around – two short of the number to complete the override – the chances of that changing when senators return to vote Thursday are low.
New Hampshire presently doesn't have a state minimum wage, reverting to the default federal $7.25 an hour. That’s been the case since 2006; Soucy and other supporters argue that the bottom rung of the wage ladder has not kept pace with inflation and is hurting the ability of the state to attract workers.