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Poverty in New Hampshire: 2014 Poll

In 2014, the Investing in Communities Initiative (ICI), a capacity-building initiative in New Hampshire from 2013-2016, commissioned a public and legislator opinion research project on the issue of poverty in New Hampshire. The project was conducted by a group of professional researchers and consisted of focus groups, a poll of New Hampshire residents, and a focused survey of members of the New Hampshire legislature.

In a session with the pollsters in January 2015, ICI shared in-depth findings from the research and communications guidance for talking about policies to reduce poverty with a group of 40 advocacy leaders. ICI staff also shared the findings of the survey with advocates and legislators at the “Walk a Day in My Shoes” poverty simulation conducted in May 2015 and in less formal settings of advocates, including meetings of the NH CARES coalition.

Poll Results Press Release & Slides

Learn more about the project and key findings in this February 2015 interview with New Hampshire Public Radio.

For additional information about this research, contact staff at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute.

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New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage Falls Further Behind

6 Jan 2020

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The federal minimum wage is the lowest hourly wage that can be paid to most workers anywhere in the nation. Since its inception at the national level in 1938, when only certain workers were covered, the wage has increased and encompassed more types of employees over time. State law sets New Hampshire’s minimum wage to the federal minimum level, currently at $7.25 per hour. An individual working 40 hours per week at this wage will make about $15,000 per year, assuming they work all 52 weeks. This income level is below the federal poverty guidelines for all households other than a single person, and well below the levels for households that include a partner and children.