SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats are making another push to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage for inflation.
The House Labor and Human Resources Committee approved a bill on a party-line vote late Tuesday to require automatic cost-of-living increases in the wage rate, which has been $7.50 an hour since 2009. Republicans opposed the measure.
A proposed constitutional amendment allowing voters to decide whether to implement the inflation adjustments has stalled in the Voters and Election Committee. The latest measure won’t go that panel, however, and will implement the wage change in state statute.
But a bill, unlike a constitutional amendment, can be vetoed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
The wage bill will go to the 70-member House for debate if it clears another committee.