Minimum wage proposal heads to governor
Last updated 3/16/2019 at 4:04pm
SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers are sending Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham a proposal that would raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023.
It’s the product of a late-night agreement struck in the final days of the legislative session.
The Senate adopted the agreement late Thursday, and the House signed off in the early-morning hours Friday.
Lujan Grisham helped negotiate the proposal with lawmakers after the two chambers adopted different proposals and couldn’t agree on identical legislation.
The $12 level is higher than what had been approved in the Senate, but it doesn’t have the inflation adjustments sought by the House.
The sponsors of the two competing proposals — Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, and Sen. Clemente “Meme” Sanchez, D-Grants — announced the deal during a conference committee meeting Thursday, saying they’d each agreed to give a little as part of a compromise.
Under the proposal headed to Lujan Grisham, the minimum wage would climb to $9 at the beginning of 2020, to $10.50 in 2021, $11.50 in 2022, and to $12 in 2023.
There would be no inflation adjustment after that.
A lower wage would be allowed for students with after-school or summer jobs — of $8.50 an hour, starting in 2020.
The minimum wage for tipped workers would also climb, eventually reaching $3 an hour in 2023.
The legislation wouldn’t pre-empt local jurisdictions that have established higher minimums on their own, such as Santa Fe and Albuquerque.