Act now to raise NH minimum wage
New Hampshire's minimum wage is stuck at the federal level, $7.25 an hour, the lowest in New England. In fact, following legislative action in 2011, the state doesn't even have the authority to set its own minimum wage.
HB 1403 would change that by ( 1 ) re-establishing the state's authority to set a minimum wage, ( 2 ) raising the minimum wage to $8.25 an hour as of January 1, 2015, ( 3 ) raising it again to $9 an hour on January 1, 2016, and ( 4 ) adjusting it to keep up with rises in the cost of living on an annual basis starting in 2017.
The bill passed in the NH House by 173 to 118 on March 12. Now it is pending in the NH Senate, where we expect a public hearing in the Commerce Committee in April.
Click here to find the contact information for your legislators.
Read about the role of the faith community in efforts to raise the state's minimum wage.
The National Employment Law Project has an excellent web page with all the facts and research you need to communicate with lawmakers.
AFSC has a posted more background materials to help you communicate with your legislators.