CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the party line vote of the Labor, Industrial Services and Rehabilitation committee passing HB186, establishing a state minimum wage and providing for adjustments to the minimum wage.

“At a time when New Hampshire’s economy is humming and we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Nation, why House Democrats are so eager to increase the cost of doing business in New Hampshire is beyond me,” Hinch said. “A government mandated wage increase of 65% will have a profound negative impact on New Hampshire’s small and medium sized business community. It only encourages employers to cut jobs, cut hours, and pass the increase cost onto the consumer. New Hampshire business owners deserve better.”

“Republicans have spent the last few years focused on creating the economic conditions for business to thrive to ensure everyone has the opportunity to earn a decent wage. Our small business owners know what it takes to attract, retain, and reward employees, and government should stop interfering,” said Hinch. “Republicans are committed to opposing this job-killing mandate on the House floor.”