By Robert Nott, Santa Fe New Mexican
April 2, 2019

More than 100,000 New Mexicans will see their pay increase starting in January now that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation to raise the state minimum wage.

“This is going to give hope and improve the quality of life” for New Mexicans at the bottom of the pay scale, the governor said Monday during a news conference at the Capitol.

Under the law, the state minimum wage of $7.50 an hour will rise to $9 on Jan. 1. Then the minimum wage will increase to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2021; to $11.50 on Jan. 1, 2022; and top out at $12 on Jan. 1, 2023.

In addition, the law provides for implementing annual raises to the lower wage for tipped employees such as restaurant servers. Their base pay will also incrementally rise from $2.13 an hour to $3 an hour by Jan. 1, 2023.

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