Minimum wage bill on the table

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A minimum wage compromise might be in the works in Santa Fe.

Democrat Clemente Sanchez introduced a bill that would raise the minimum wage 50 cents statewide, taking it from $7.50 an hour to $8. That’s less than the $8.50 an hour wage the governor vetoed last year, but more than the $7.80 wage she’s said she would sign.

“I’m trying to come meet somewhere in the middle where we can get it passed because there’s individuals that need to have a raise that haven’t had a raise in many years,” said Sanchez.

Sen. Sanchez has upset some fellow Democrats for refusing to back a proposed minimum wage constitutional amendment that would provide for annual increases.

The governor’s office says they’re still reviewing the bill to see if they will support it.

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