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Poll: Small Business Supports Higher Minimum Wage

April 25, 2013 Common Cents

Small Business Supports Higher Minimum Wage graphic 1A new poll finds substantial support among small business owners for raising the federal minimum wage.  Conducted on behalf of Small Business Majority, the poll finds that 67 percent of the small business owners surveyed would back an effort to increase the federal minimum above $7.25 per hour and to adjust it annually for inflation.

Two-thirds of small business owners agreed that increasing the minimum wage would help the economy as low-income consumers would have more money to spend on small businesses’ goods and services and would rely less on taxpayer-financed government assistance.

While the poll focuses on the federal minimum wage, it remains relevant for similar debates here in New Hampshire.  Opponents of bolstering the Granite State’s minimum wage often claim it would have an adverse affect on smaller employers and negative consequences for the state’s economy as a whole.Small Business Sees Higher Demand graphic 2

Yet, as the graphic to the right illustrates, the poll finds that the large majority of small business owners understand that a higher minimum wage can improve their bottom lines.

For more on restoring New Hampshire’s minimum wage, visit the American Friends Service Committee’s web site  or check out the information available from the National Employment Law Project.

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Court Rulings Focus New Attention on MET and Its Role in State Finances

16 Apr 2014

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On April 8, the Hillsborough County Superior Court, in response to a lawsuit brought by three New Hampshire hospitals, declared the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET) to be unconstitutional. The ruling comes on the heels of a similar decision handed down in February by the Rockingham County Superior Court in a case involving two rehabilitation hospitals operating in the Granite State. While the Attorney General’s office announced that it will likely appeal this most recent ruling – just as it did with the earlier decision – the situation is likely to prompt policymakers to consider possible responses.

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