By Teya Vitu, Santa Fe New Mexican
Jan. 23, 2019

How high will the statewide minimum wage go?

Or will it go up at all?

For many business owners, those are key questions of the 60-day legislative session.

The minimum wage in New Mexico, unchanged since 2009, could see an upward adjustment from $7.50 an hour.

Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, D-Albuquerque, wants to double it to $15 an hour Jan. 1, 2020. That would make it the highest state minimum wage in the country.

“So be it,” said Roybal Caballero, who has introduced House Bill 46 to create that change. “We’ve been the lowest in the nation” in many areas. “Why not be the highest in the nation?”

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