component-social-facebook_share_api-v2-01
      27
      Monday
      52 / 26
      Tuesday
      64 / 25
      Wednesday
      72 / 30

      Higher minimum wage in N.M. pending

      SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A proposal to increase New Mexico's minimum wage by $1 an hour is moving ahead in the Legislature.

      A Senate-passed bill to raise the hourly wage rate to $8.50 is pending in the House.

      The measure cleared the House Labor and Human Resources Committee on a 5-3 vote Saturday, which sent it to the 70-member House for consideration.

      The minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009.

      The House panel revised the proposal to exempt businesses from the higher wage if they have fewer than three workers. The Senate-passed measure wouldn't apply to businesses with fewer than 11 workers.

      The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Employers must pay the higher rate when there is a difference between the federal wage and state or local requirements.

      (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

      FOLLOW US ON TWITTER