CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement on the passage of SB10, establishing the state minimum hourly rate based on whether an employer offers paid sick days to an employee.

“We’ve heard from small business owners around the state about how a minimum wage increase will be a disaster for them and their communities. Just last week, NHPR featured Mother Goose Daycare from Gorham where they discussed the sobering impact this would have on their business. A minimum wage hike would force them to ask families already struggling to make ends meet to pay nearly double their current price for child-care.”

“It’s clear that this minimum wage hike will most negatively impact New Hampshire’s small businesses and will needlessly increase their cost of doing business. Republicans have spent the last few year focused on creating the economic conditions that will allow businesses to thrive, House Democrats seem hell-bent on undoing that good work.”