Majority opposed to raising the minimum wage – 250 citizens, 700 responses

Dec 08, 2015

Currently, New Hampshire’s minimum wage is identical to the federal minimum wage. However, two bills to gradually increase the minimum wage have been submitted for the 2016 legislative session, one for all employees and another only affecting tipped employees. On December 8, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) decided to put the issue to Facebook members, asking, “Do you think New Hampshire should raise the minimum wage?”

A total of 82% of respondents answered directly or with a concurrence. Out of these responses, a 59% majority opposed raising the minimum wage, with 41% in favor. Of the remaining respondents, 10% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 8% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 250 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 700 responses. 

Opponents of a minimum wage increase argued it would have a negative impact on business. “Raising the minimum wage does nothing but hurt the economy; kill jobs and hurt small business,” a citizen argued. “Minimum wages knock the bottom rungs out of the ladder to getting up in the world, by pricing people out of entry-level jobs they could otherwise take,” another commenter wrote. “The market should drive wage, not policy. Minimum wage is for entry level positions and if you want to earn more, earn the raise or promotion,” one citizen suggested. 

Those in favor of a hike gave a range of reasons for supporting the move. “Cost of living has gone up. Why shouldn't pay?” a citizen asked. “It should at least be possible for a single unskilled person to live without welfare,” another argued. “Every state that has raised minimum wage to a living wage has seen an increase in economic growth. Poor people have to spend the money they have and the NH businesses are the recipients of that money,” one commenter wrote. 

Those opting not to give a yes or no response made several alternate suggestions. “I think minimum wage should be scaled and not universal. The bigger a company's gross income, the higher their minimum wage should be,” one commenter wrote. “We need more jobs period. That would help raise the income,” a citizen argued. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question.

Do you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in New Hampshire? Leave a comment and have your say! 

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