House, Senate swap minimum wage, prevailing wage bills
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Minimum wage workers in New Hampshire would get a boost under a bill that passed the House this week, while those hired for public works projects could earn more under a bill that passed the Senate.
New Hampshire doesn’t have a minimum wage and instead relies on the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. The bill passed by the House would set the minimum wage at $9.50 in 2020, $10.75 in 2021 and $12 in 2022. Supporters say lower wages leave families struggle to cover basic necessitates, while opponents argued it will lead to layoffs and reduced hours.