CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement after the House voted 212-155 to pass HB731, relative to the minimum hourly rate which would ramp up New Hampshire’s minimum wage to $15.

“The result of years of Republican control in Concord are crystal clear. A record number of granite staters are working, wages are rising, and we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Rather than embracing the successful policies of Republican leadership, Democrats seem content to repeatedly try to undermine New Hampshire’s economic progress by mandating a 100% wage hike for some,” said Hinch. 

“New Hampshire employers know best when it comes to compensation of their employees and we should continue allowing them to make those decisions. This bill would harm those entering the workforce looking for entry-level jobs and our family owned small businesses more than anyone. House Republicans will continue to stand strong against this job-killing legislation.”