SANTA FE – Preparing to end their 60-day session at noon today, New Mexico lawmakers worked into the night Friday to put final touches on major legislation, approving a minimum wage increase and adopting a solvency fix for the state’s educator pension fund.
Gov. Susana Martinez’s office responded swiftly on the plan to increase the state minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour, with a spokesman saying the governor would veto the bill.
‘The governor offered to sign a compromise that would have increased the minimum wage to $7.80 per hour, putting us on equal footing with Arizona and Colorado, but Democrats in the Legislature refused to come to the table and instead are passing bill that would make New Mexico’s minimum wage the fourth-highest in the country,” said Greg Blair, spokesman for the Republican governor.
A $5.9 billion state budget bill, passed by the Legislature earlier this week, also produced rumblings from the Governor’s Office on the Capitol’s fourth floor.