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Senate approves proposal for higher minimum wage

February 14, 2014 • Business


Senate debates the minimum wage on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Santa Fe, N.M. Voters would decide whether to raise the state’s minimum wage to about $8.30 an hour next year under a proposal approved by the state Senate on Friday. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Jane Phillips)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters would decide whether to raise the state’s minimum wage to about $8.30 an hour next year under a proposal approved by the state Senate on Friday.

The measure, which also would automatically increase the wage rate each year for inflation, is one of the top legislative priorities of many Democrats in the 30-day session that ends next week.

New Mexico’s minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009.

“I don’t see who can live on $7.50 an hour,” said Sen. Richard Martinez, an Espanola Democrat who sponsored the proposal. “Let’s have our working people Login to read more

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