The Senate on Friday sent another minimum wage bill to the governor. It approved House Bill 442, which would increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour, up from $7.50 per hour.
“Hardworking New Mexicans deserve a fair wage that will give their families an opportunity to succeed,” said Rep. Debbie Rodella, D-Española, a co-sponsor of the bill. “No one working 40 hours a week should be struggling to put food on the table.”
A day earlier the House approved Senate Bill 386, sponsored by Sen. Clemente Sanchez, D-Grants. That bill would raise the hourly minimum wage to $8.25 in October, then to $9 in April 2018. Beginning in October, it also would allow employers to pay an $8 training wage for 60 days.
The last time the Legislature approved a minimum wage law was in 2013, when Martinez vetoed a proposed wage of $8.50 an hour.
A spokesman for Martinez said recently, “The governor supports raising the minimum wage so long that it’s in line with neighboring states and doesn’t hurt small businesses.”
Arizona has a $10-an-hour minimum wage — which will increase to $10.50 in January, while Colorado’s is $9.30 and is scheduled to increase to $10.20 next year. New Mexico’s other neighbors — Texas, Oklahoma and Utah — each have a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which is the federal minimum wage.
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