Is New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage High Enough? Protesters Say No!
Is $7.25 an hour enough to raise a family, pay bills, and sustain quality of life? Raise Up New Hampshire says no it is not.
According to their webssite, Raise Up New Hampshire is an initiative of the New Hampshire Alliance for a Moral Economy working to raise the minimum wage and fight so called "right to work" legislation.
On Monday, the group kicked of their "Raise the wage" campaign at the State House in Concord.
According to the Concord Monitor, Raise Up New Hampshire is also advocating for benefits, adequate health care, paid family leave, and other policies that support New Hampshire workers.
The minimum wage in the Granite State has not been raised in almost ten years according to the website nhlabornews.com. The site says, "most U.S. states now have a minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25/hour, but New Hampshire is not one of them."
And from the looks of things it does appear wages in New Hampshire are lagging behind the rest of New England. The website points out that workers in
Massachusetts earn $11.00 an hour. Those in Maine make $10.00 an hour. While residents of Vermont take home $10.50 an hour.
I've heard lots of people argue on both sides of the issues. While I'm not certain what the answer is...I do know people need to earn enough money to do more than just survive from pay-day to pay-day. And I'm not sure how anyone does that on $7.25 an hour with no benefits.