State politicians to take week-long minimum wage challenge
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It might be a raise from $100 annual legislative salary, but it isn’t much.
On Monday, four Democratic state lawmakers will take on a “minimum wage challenge.” The plan: attempt to get by living off of $290 a week. The end goal: the promotion of a bill to raise New Hampshire’s federally-mandated minimum wage to a state-set $12 an hour.
“It’s calling on elected officials to live on the budget on $290 a week,” said Viola Katusiime, an organizer with Granite State Organizing Project, which is helping host the challenge. “They’re going to put the money aside for housing, food, transportation and other basic needs like toiletries and childcare, and everything else that everyday people pay for.”