Bernalillo County to vote Tuesday on raising minimum wage

Posted at: 04/23/2013 1:46 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Tuesday night, Bernalillo County commissioners are set to vote on an ordinance that would increase the minimum wage for all businesses that have a license or registration with the county to $8.50 an hour.

They meet at 5 p.m. in the Vincent E Griego chambers at Civic Plaza and there will be time for public comment.

Both opponents and supporters plan to be there.

"Not only the businesses that are going to suffer from this but again county taxpayers," Bernalillo County GOP spokesperson Steve Kush said. "Roughly 300 employees of county government that this affects with county salaries."

"This gives a hand up for all working class families here in the Bernalillo area," said Democratic Party of New Mexico's Scott Forrester. "This is an economic issue for us, this puts jobs and money right back into Albuquerque."

The increase will come in two parts, including a 50 cent jump in July and 50 cents more in January.

There will be exceptions, including for people employed by spouses, parents or siblings, employees under 16 and casual babysitters.

Stay with KOB for coverage of what happens at the meeting.