LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces officials say supporters of a minimum wage proposal collected enough valid signatures on petitions to either have it put into law or submitted to city voters.
The Las Cruces [auth] Sun-News (http://bit.ly/1nTxXAi ) reports that the proposal seeks to raise the minimum wage within New Mexico’s second most populous city to $8.40 per hour in 2015, to $9.20 in 2016 and to $10.10 in 2017.
New Mexico’s hourly minimum wage is $7.50.
City Clerk Esther Martinez-Carrillo says the City Council will first decide whether to certify the signature verification. The council then would decide whether to simply adopt the proposed ordinance or put it on a ballot.
The council voted June 2 to raise the minimum wage in Las Cruces to $8 in July 2015 and $8.50 in January 2016.