NM House Dems’ Minimum Wage Bill Clears Judiciary Committee

NM House Dems’ Minimum Wage Bill Clears Judiciary Committee

Santa Fe, N.M. - New Mexico House Democrats’ bill to improve the lives of working families by raising the state minimum wage cleared the House Judiciary Committee. HB 442 proposes to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour, a $1.75 increase over the state’s current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour. The increase will put an extra $3,000 annually into the pockets of New Mexicans working full-time without burdening small businesses or rural municipalities. 

Speaker Egolf said during committee, “This an example of really good communication between all groups involved. I’m optimistic that the people of New Mexico are going to get a raise,” said Speaker Brian Egolf.

“We learned on our listening tour that a lot of the employers already pay more than the minimum wage, and many workers earn more than the minimum wage. This bill makes sure more families can be lifted up,” Rep. Debbie Rodella said.

House Bill 442 will also increase the minimum wage for tipped-employees from $2.13 an hour to 40 percent of the new statewide minimum wage. The bill also allows individual municipalities to continue raising their own minimum wage but bars them from lowering the minimum wage below the proposed hourly rate of  $9.25. House Bill 442 will be heard next in the House Judiciary Committee.

“Families are looking to improve their lives. This bill will raise wages and help keep people working,” said Rep. Patricio Ruiloba.

“In working with many advocates and business groups, we have drafted a bill that has expanded support as we moved through committee process,” said Rep. Carl Trujillo. 

Raising the minimum wage would especially benefit working women. Fifty-five percent of women workers in New Mexico earn minimum wage. Many of those workers are single mothers, so the effects of passing HB 442  would extend to improving child wellbeing in the New Mexico. 

HB 442 passed the House Judiciary committee by a 7 to 6 vote. The bill now moves to the House Floor for consideration.