SANTA FE – New Mexico House Democrats’ bill to improve the lives of working families by raising the state minimum wage cleared the House Judiciary Committee.
HB 442 proposes to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour, a $1.75 increase over the state’s current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour. The increase will put an extra $3,000 annually into the pockets of New Mexicans working full-time without burdening small businesses or rural municipalities.
“This an example of really good communication between all groups involved. I’m optimistic that the people of New Mexico are going to get a raise,” Speaker Brian Egolf said during committee.
“We learned on our listening tour that a lot of the employers already pay more than the minimum wage, and many workers earn more than the minimum wage. This bill makes sure more families can be lifted up,” Rep. Debbie Rodella said.
House Bill 442 will also increase the minimum wage for tipped-employees from $2.13 an hour to 40 percent of the new statewide minimum wage. The bill also allows individual municipalities to continue raising their own minimum wage but bars them wage would especially benefit working women. Fifty-five percent of women workers in New Mexico earn minimum wage. Many of those workers are single mothers, so the effects of passing HB 442 would extend to improving child wellbeing in the New Mexico.
HB 442 passed the House Judiciary committee by a 7 to 6 vote. The bill now moves to the House Floor for consideration.