What's Working: As neighboring states raise minimum wage, NH companies could face pressure to pay more
By: Michael Cousineau, Union Leader
TERRY WADE boosted pay for some employees at her Nashua eatery, but don’t blame it on Massachusetts hiking its minimum wage by 75 cents an hour last week.
“I’ve just had to raise my rates to be competitive, but it has nothing to do with Massachusetts,” the owner of The City Room Cafe in Nashua said Friday.
The three states bordering New Hampshire all raised their minimum wage for 2020. Maine boosted its minimum by a buck an hour to $12 and Vermont by 18 cents to $10.96. Massachusetts now stands at $12.75.
“It might have a minimal effect on the border towns,” said Mike Somers, CEO and president of the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association.