U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced Thursday that he is cosponsoring legislation to raise the minimum wage and put more money in the pocket of New Mexicans.
The Raise the Wage Act would increase the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 by 2020.
“New Mexico’s workers want to receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. They want to work hard so they can send their children to college and save for a dignified retirement,” Luján said. “Yet at today’s minimum wage, many full-time workers and their families have to work two or three jobs just to get by. Raising the minimum wage will reward hard work, grow opportunities, and strengthen our economy.”
In addition to increasing the minimum wage, the legislation also indexes it to the median wage in 2021 in order to make sure that the minimum wage keeps pace with the growth in wages. It eliminates the tipped minimum wage gradually by raising it from $2.13 per hour to match the regular minimum wage.
Setting the minimum wage at $12 in 2020 would give almost 38 million American workers a raise.