NH Senate Republicans Vote Against State Minimum Wage & Senator Jeb Bradley’s Refusal to Answer Whether He Supports a Minimum Wage
Former Congressman and current State Senator Jeb Bradley refuses to answer question posed on floor of Senate
CONCORD, NH – Granite State Progress releases the following statement regarding New Hampshire Senate Republicans’ uniform vote against a state minimum wage law today, and lead opponent former Congressman and current State Senator Jeb Bradley’s refusal to answer whether he supports a minimum wage at all. Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins:
“Our organization believes that working people should be able to pay their bills and we support a minimum wage that reflects the real needs and economic climate in our state. HB 501 would have restored local control in New Hampshire. Several of those who spoke in opposition to this bill in committee don’t believe in a minimum wage, period. Senator Jeb Bradley was the lead opponent to New Hampshire having its own minimum wage, and he twice refused to answer whether he supports a minimum wage at all.
“The working families and small businesses of New Hampshire deserve leaders who understand the importance of a strong middle class. The Senate Republicans have signaled, once again, that they are out of touch with Granite State values.”
GSP Video: NH Sen. Jeb Bradley Refuses to Answer Whether He Supports a Minimum Wage
The NH Senate voted 13-11 along party lines to kill HB 501, which would have simply restored New Hampshire’s ability to set its own minimum wage. According to media reports, New Hampshire had its own minimum wage law from 1949 until 2011, when the Republican-led House and Senate repealed it.