By Kevin Landrigan, New Hampshire Union Leader
New Hampshire restaurant owners praised U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for voting against making a minimum wage increase part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.
Tom Boucher, the owner of the Great NH Restaurants chain, said he supports raising the minimum wage but not doubling it in the midst of a pandemic.
“I know you took a lot of arrows for the position you took on minimum wage. It was the right thing to do,” Boucher told Shaheen during an online meeting with hospitality industry leaders from across the state.
“It needs to be a stand-alone bill,” Boucher said. “I do agree we need to have some kind of attention to the teenaged wage. A 16- or 17-year-old should not be making the same as a 30-year-old minimum wage worker. We are raising wages every year. We are continuing that, 50 cents a year, getting up to a $15 an hour minimum wage in six years. That’s the way to do it.”
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