- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has renewed her call in her inaugural address for restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage.

The Legislature eliminated the state’s minimum wage law in 2011, which means the federal minimum wage - currently $7.25 - is the state’s minimum.

In her inaugural address Thursday, Hassan, a Democrat, said for too long, wages have failed to grow with the cost of families’ needs. She said increasing the minimum wage would have a ripple effect on wages higher up the pay scale, while supporting businesses and encouraging job creation by putting more money in consumers’ pockets.

In May, the Republican-controlled state Senate killed a bill that would have set a state minimum wage at $8.25 for 2015 and $9 in 2016.

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