Senate approves proposal for higher minimum wage

Posted at: 02/15/2014 12:14 PM
By: BARRY MASSEY, Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) — The Senate has approved a proposal to allow voters to decide whether to raise New Mexico's minimum wage to about $8.30 an hour next year and provide for automatic annual increases for inflation.

The measure is one of the top legislative priorities of many Democrats in the 30-day session that ends next week.

The state minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009. The Senate approved the proposed constitutional amendment on a 24-17 vote Friday and sent it to the House.

If approved by the Legislature, the wage proposal would be placed on the November general election ballot for voters to decide. It would bypass Republican Gov. Susana Martinez because a constitutional amendment doesn't go to the governor to be signed or vetoed.

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