LAS CRUCES – The City Council on Monday voted to hike the minimum wage to the second-highest level in the state – confusing the status of a smaller, previously approved increase and likely opening the door to legal challenges.
The city now has two ordinances on the books raising the minimum wage.
One that was passed this summer would lift the hourly wage to $8.50 in a phased-in process that would begin in July 2015. The latest ordinance, brought to the council through a public petition, increases the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and raises wages for tipped workers in three annual steps beginning in January 2015.
The two ordinances will have to be “reconciled,” according to City Attorney Harry “Pete” Connelly.