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House committee expands, approves hike in state minimum wage

A House committee today expanded a bill to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage and then approved it. That sends it to the House floor for a vote.

Under the legislation, which already has passed the Senate, the state minimum wage would increase from the current $7.50 an hour to $8.50 an hour.

The House Labor and Human Resources Committee expanded the number of workers who would be covered by it. The Senate had voted to exempt businesses with fewer than 11 workers from paying the higher minimum.  The House labor committee changed that exemption to businesses with fewer than three workers.

The House committee also eliminated a so-called training wage that would allow businesses to pay $7.50 an hour for the first year of employment.

Senate Bill 416 passed the committee on a vote of 5-3 over the objections of Republicans who said it would hurt businesses.




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