Fact Check: Sununu Took an Unprecedented $31,000 Pay Raise for Himself
Concord, N.H. - At today’s debate, Chris Sununu lied about how he took an unprecedented $31,000 pay raise for himself while blocking a minimum wage for everyone else.
“Like Donald Trump, Chris Sununu opposes raising the minimum wage, and while blocking progress for working people, Sununu and Trump have gotten richer in office,” said Michael Beyer, spokesperson for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Sununu broke with the past precedent of not taking the full salary as governor, giving himself a raise. According to the Concord Monitor, “Twenty-thousand dollars is a big pay raise. That’s how much Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is making over his predecessor, after he broke with the past practice of accepting reduced pay [...] Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan took home a $110,400 paycheck each of her four years in office. She refused pay raises negotiated by the state employee union. Not Sununu. The day after he was inaugurated, a two percent salary hike kicked in for state workers and it bumped his pay up about $2,600.” [Concord Monitor, 1/14/17]
Sununu accepted a $31,000 raise for himself while blocking a pay raise for Granite Staters. According to InDepthNH, “Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 while accepting a $31,000 routine pay increase as the state’s chief executive.” [InDepthNH, 10/5/20]