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SANTA FE – A Senate committee late Tuesday blocked a House-approved proposal to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage to $12 per hour in 2021 – with future increases tied to inflation – and instead advanced a more modest wage hike plan backed by some business groups.
The Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee’s vote came despite a push from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration for the larger minimum wage increase.
“The governor believes strongly that no one should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty,” state Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley testified Tuesday.