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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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