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New Hampshire Senate votes more study on minimum wage bill

January 8, 2020 GMT
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State Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, introduces an amendment to a bill seeking to raise the New Hampshire's minimum age for tobacco use to 21, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. Lawmakers returned Wednesday for the first day of their new legislative session. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)
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State Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, introduces an amendment to a bill seeking to raise the New Hampshire's minimum age for tobacco use to 21, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. Lawmakers returned Wednesday for the first day of their new legislative session. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday shelved a bill to establish and then gradually increase the minimum wage but the debate will continue.

The state currently defaults to the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Lawmakers last year approved the creation of a state minimum wage of $10 this year and $12 in 2022, but Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed it.

On Wednesday, the Senate voted to further study a similar House bill it had held from last year. But Democrats plan to continue pushing the issue, arguing that they have a better shot given that the minimum wage just increased in three other New England states.