LAS CRUCES – Angry business owners on Monday urged the Las Cruces City Council to reconsider increasing the city’s minimum wage in January.
The City Council in 2014 approved a three-step increase in the minimum wage. The final step will increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in January 2019. The current rate is $9.20 per hour.
The minimum wage in most of New Mexico, including the rest of Doña Ana County, is $7.50 an hour, though Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and the counties where they are located, have also implemented a minimum wage higher than the rest of the state.
“We’re going to see a lot of businesses closing,” said Buffy Johnson, who owns Home Instead Senior Care. “Maybe we need to reconsider this. I don’t think it’s prudent to do it at this time.”