On Tuesday New Hampshire House and Senate committees considered several bills related to employees.
First the House Labor Committee voted against a minimum wage increase. Later in the day the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on SB 261, a Senate bill to increase in the minimum wage.
Republicans in both chambers generally oppose a minimum wage increase.
"When wages go up, unemployment goes up, workers’ compensation goes up," said Rep. Leon Rideout (R-Lancaster).
Democrats point to other states that have increased the minimum wage without any apparent negative effects on the economy.
Later on Tuesday the House Labor Committee voted in favor of a Right-to-Work bill. The Senate is scheduled to vote on its own Right-to-Work bill this Thursday.
Right-to-Work supporters argue that employees should never be compelled to pay union dues. Right-to-Work, according to supporters, ends union intimidation and encourages new business.
Right-to-Work opponents argue that the legislation is an attempt to dismantle unions, which protect employees. Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has vowed to veto Right-to-Work legislation.
Committee votes are not binding; all of these bills will go before the House or Senate for a vote. However, given the Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, the committee recommendations will likely stand.
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