SANTA FE – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham said Tuesday that she would push to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage to $10 an hour – and even higher in the future – and either eliminate or bump up an annual limit on spending on film tax credits.
Both ideas would represent a departure from the policies of Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican who is barred from seeking a third consecutive term in 2018.
While other Democrats vying for the 2018 nomination said they largely support the ideas, Albuquerque media executive Jeff Apodaca accused Lujan Grisham of copying some parts of his jobs plan, and state Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces said her proposals lack detail.
Lujan Grisham, a three-term member of the U.S. House from Albuquerque, is one of four Democrats running for governor. She included both the minimum wage hike and the proposed changes to the film rebate program in an economic plan released Tuesday.
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