Gov. vetoes statewide minimum wage hike

Posted at: 03/29/2013 3:45 PM
Updated at: 03/29/2013 5:23 PM
By: staff

Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed the statewide minimum wage increase measure arguing it "would be unsustainable and kill New Mexico jobs."

The measure would've increased New Mexico’s minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour.

Martinez demonstrated opposition to the proposal during the final days of the legislative session as lawmakers hurried to push the measure through.

"(Lawmakers) instead chose to pass a gimmick- one that would raise the minimum wage to the fourth highest in the nation," she said. "They know that's unsustainable and uncompetitive.”

In an executive message Martinez wrote, "had there been willingness to compromise on a reasonable wage rate that is in line withour neighboring states, I would be signing into law a higher minimum wage today. It's disappointing that the Democratic leadership chose not to work together on this important issue."