Governor opposes new wage proposal

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson opposes a proposal heading to the Senate that would boost the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6 in 2007 and then phase in additional increases for some experienced workers. Under a measure approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee, a […]

Senate panel OKs wage measure

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A House-passed proposal to increase the state minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 an hour over the next two years cleared a Senate panel on Saturday. The Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee endorsed the measure on a party-line 5-4 vote, with Republicans opposing the bill sponsored by House Speaker […]

House OKs wage increase

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to raise the state minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 an hour over the next two years cleared the House on Monday. With 10 days left in the annual legislative session, the measure headed to the state Senate, where an alternative proposal — $7.50 […]

Few will benefit from mandated wage hike

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and many Democratic lawmakers are intent on raising the state’s minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.50 an hour. The bill now before the Legislature is one that should fail, however. Folks just can’t make a decent living on $5.15 an hour, Richardson and company argue. The […]

Panel OKs phased-in $7.50 wage

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — An increase in the minimum wage to $7.50, phased in over two years, squeaked through a House committee on Thursday over the objections of Republicans who labeled it anti-business. The legislation heads to the House floor for a vote. It’s a modified version of a measure […]

Wage hike support split on party line

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the […]

Battle brewing over minimum wage

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Erminia Robles, right, a manager at Foxy Drive-In, makes $6 an hour. She said she’ll stay at the Clovis restaurant regardless of whether the minimum wage is raised. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Judy Crisp spends six days a week inside a cramped cigarette shop on a bumpy Clovis side […]

Advocates represent interests of victims of crimes

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Victim Advocate’s Grace Orozco, left, and Patti Johnson discuss a domestic violence case Friday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups — the police who investigate crime, and the district attorneys who […]

Marshall coach setting sights on Boston Marathon

CNJ staff Although Marshall Junior High coach and teacher Jason Hennessy has completed only two marathon races, the 24-year-old Albuquerque native is on track in his desire to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon. Hennessy ran in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Saturday in San Diego, finishing 583rd overall out of 20,410 runners with […]

Minimum wage tool of discrimination

By Walter Williams Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rick Santorum, R-Pa., both introduced proposals to increase the minimum wage from its current $5.15 an hour. Sen. Kennedy’s proposal would have raised the minimum wage to $7.25 in three steps over 26 months, while Sen. Santorum’s would have raised it to $6.25 in two steps over […]