N.H. Senate hopefuls differ slightly on minimum wage

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - None of the top Republicans running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire wants to increase the federal minimum wage, and one of them wants to get rid of it altogether.

President Barack Obama wants Congress to increase federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10. But many Republicans oppose the increase, including former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens.

Brown supports the minimum wage and has voted for increases in the past, but doesn't think it should be raised now, and Rubens said increasing the minimum wage would lead to job losses and automation. Smith went further, saying the federal government shouldn't dictate what a private employer pays.

The winner of the GOP primary will face U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.


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