Statements Regarding Veto of HB 442 Raising the Minimum Wage

Statements Regarding Veto of HB 442 Raising the Minimum Wage





DATE: April 6, 2017

Contact: Daniel Marzec

Phone: 505-363-8372


Statements Regarding Veto of House Bill 442, Raising New Mexico’s Minimum Wage


Santa Fe, N.M. –

 “This bill was part of a wider effort in both chambers to provide increased opportunity to hardworking New Mexicans,” stated House Speaker and bill co-sponsor Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe). “No one working 40 hours a week should be struggling to put food on the table, and this bill would have provided a fair shot for New Mexico families to get ahead. Securing a brighter future for all New Mexicans will continue being the priority of Democrats in the House and we will continue to push to make that a reality.”

 “This bill would have put our state’s minimum wage more in line with what many businesses are already paying, and closer to the wages offered in surrounding states like Colorado and Arizona,” said bill co-sponsor Representative Debbie Rodella (D-Española). “If we are to be serious about reducing poverty in our state, raising the minimum wage is imperative.” 

“When hardworking New Mexicans are unable to make ends meet, while being only one paycheck away from a complete financial breakdown, the health and well-being of our state is at risk,” stated bill co-sponsor Representative Miguel Garcia (D-Atrisco). “Raising the minimum wage supports our working families, strengthens our communities and grows the economy. This action hurts communities and is just more of the same from a governor who has let too many New Mexicans fall through the cracks.”

House Bill 442 would have increased the minimum wage from $7.50 to $9.25 an hour. The bill also would have allowed individual municipalities to further increase their local minimum wage, but barred them from lowering the standard below the proposed hourly rate of $9.25.