Gov. John Lynch has vetoed a bill that repeals New Hampshire's minimum wage law and aligns the state wage with the federal minimum wage.
In Thursday's veto message, Lynch objects that the bill would cede control over New Hampshire wages to the federal government.
Lynch said the minimum wage ensures employees have at least a minimum level of compensation for their work.
The state's current minimum wage is the federal level of $7.25 per hour for most employees, but four years ago the state raised the state's minimum wage after a decade of federal inaction. Lynch noted that New Hampshire has had its own minimum wage law since 1949.