Minimum wage increase adjustments ongoing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Terri White, front, labels, wraps and feeds jalapeno peanut brittle into a machine while Fawn Goodwin packages the candies into cartons Thursday after they are sealed by the machine. Leslie’s Candy Co. owner Greg Southard said he cut his staff size and brought in machines to compensate for a 2009 [...]

Businesses anticipate wage raise

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Weston Clark takes the order of Clovis residents Robin and Mike Eberhardt Tuesday afternoon at the Portales Taco Box. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico A $1 rise in the New Mexico minimum wage taking effect in about a week has local business owners scrambling to find ways to make [...]

Wage law passed: Waiting governor’s signature

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers moved quickly to help the state, cities and counties avoid millions of dollars in overtime pay for police, firefighters and some other workers. The Legislature is sending Gov. Bill Richardson a bill that’s to fix a problem that occurred last year when the state enacted a higher minimum [...]

Minimum wage going up Jan. 1

Sarah Meyer, CNJ News editor New Mexico employees working at minimum wage jobs will get a 65-cent per hour pay raise Tuesday, but local business owners say the increase is likely to cause more problems than it solves. The state minimum wage jumps to $6.50 an hour beginning Tuesday from the current federal minimum wage [...]

Minimum wage law affects city’s overtime pay

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An element of the new state minimum wage law could cost local governments tens of thousands of dollars in overtime pay and is drawing opposition from city officials across the state. The new law, effective Jan. 1, cements a work period as 40 hours in seven days with no [...]

Minimum pricing prompts better customer service

By Freedom Newspapers It might not sit well with Wal-Mart, Costco and some Internet retailers. But the Supreme Court’s decision last week to reverse a 1911 precedent and allow what is called minimum retail pricing or vertical pricing — or at least not to conclude automatically that such schemes violate antitrust laws — was a [...]

Ethanol boom raises intriguing questions

By Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard requires U.S. fuel production to include a minimum amount of renewable fuels, starting at 4 billion gallons in 2006, and reaching 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. In addition, starting in 2013, the renewable fuels must include a minimum of 250 million gallons [...]

Making the rounds

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CNJ Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, speaks at the Roundhouse Review Chamber Breakfast at Clovis Community College on Friday morning. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer State lawmakers gave local business and civic leaders a glimpse into the legislative session that ended March 17 at a Friday breakfast. The gathering was organized [...]

Governor: Minimum wage bill his ‘crown jewel’

By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the clock ticked down on the 2007 New Mexico Legislature, a lobbying effort by Gov. Bill Richardson produced a state minimum wage. Legislation to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 won final approval Friday when it narrowly passed the Senate. Richardson called it the [...]

Udall says country needs to heal

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Minimum wage and health care were the dominated topics Monday during U.S. Rep. Tom Udall’s Town Hall Meeting at Portales City Hall. The wide-ranging discussion also covered topics from student loans to the Iraq War. It was Udall’s first meeting in Portales since Democrats took control of the [...]