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House panel considers minimum wage hike bill

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A House committee is holding a hearing on a bill to raise New Hampshire's minimum wage above the federal rate of $7.25 an hour.

The Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour next year and to $9 in 2016.

The Legislature eliminated the state's minimum wage law in 2011, which means the federal minimum wage is the state's minimum.

Last year, the Legislature rejected a measure to restore the state wage.

Even if the bill passes the Democratically controlled House, its chances of passing the Republican-led Senate are slim.

Gov. Maggie Hassan supports the bill.

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