Las Cruces to consider 2 minimum wage proposals

LAS CRUCES (AP) – The Las Cruces City Council is weighing two ordinances involving raising the minimum wage.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Mayor Ken Miyagishima will propose scrapping one ordinance at a council meeting Monday.

City councilors approved a salary hike in June that would increase wages to $8 per hour starting in July 2015 and to $8.50 an hour in 2016. But a voter petition drive proposing a higher increase starting with $8.40 per hour in 2015 and $10.10 by 2017 was passed by the council in September.

Miyagishima says the original ordinance should be dropped. But he also plans to propose a threshold on the $10.10 increase, limiting it only to businesses with 50 or more full-time employees.

New Mexico’s hourly minimum wage is currently $7.50.

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