New Mexico House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

House Speaker Brian Egolf

STATE News:

  • Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $9.25 an Hour Passes Along Mostly Party Lines

SANTA FE – House Bill 442 passed the House Friday night along mostly party lines in a 37-30 vote. HB 442, sponsored by Representatives Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), Debbie Rodella (D-Española), Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), and Miguel P. Garcia (D-Albuquerque), would raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour, a sensible increase over the current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour.

The increase will put more than $3,000 a year in additional earnings into the pockets of many New Mexicans who work full-time while supporting families on a minimum wage.

“Tonight, many of New Mexico’s hardest working people got one step closer to a much-deserved raise,” House Speaker Brian Egolf said. “A raise in the minimum wage from $7.50 to $9.25 an hour will more than $3,000 into the pockets of each minimum wage worker. This is a major step forward and House Democrats are proud to have made this victory a top priority.”

House Bill 442 also increases the minimum wage for tipped employees from $2.13 an hour to 40 percent of the new statewide minimum wage. The bill allows individual municipalities to further increase their local minimum wage, but bars them from lowering the standard below the proposed hourly rate of $9.25.

“It’s appalling when hardworking New Mexicans can’t put food on the table despite working full-time. Too many families are only one crisis away from a complete economic breakdown,” Rodella said. “Raising the minimum wage supports our working families so they can have more security in their day-to-day lives. This bill will put our state’s minimum wage more in line with what many businesses are already paying, and closer to the wages offered in surrounding states like Colorado and Arizona. It is time we get serious about reducing poverty in our state.”

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