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New Mexico Minimum Wage Amendment (2014)

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The New Mexico Minimum Wage Amendment, known in the legislature as Senate Joint Resolution 13 did not makethe November 2014 ballot in the state of New Mexico as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. If approved, this measure would have required annual increases to the state minimum wage based the cost of living changes. It died in the House.[1]

New Mexico lawmakers were considering a bill, however, that would raise the state minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour. Although the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, employers must pay the higher rate if there is a difference between the federal and state or local rate.[2]

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Constitutional changes

The full text of SJR 13 is available here.

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See also: Amending the New Mexico Constitution

According to Article XIX of the New Mexico Constitution, it takes a majority vote of all members of both houses of the New Mexico State Legislature to refer a proposed amendment to the ballot. On February 27, 2014, SJR 13 failed to pass the House.[1]

Similar measures

The following measures related to minimum wage increases were proposed for the general election ballot in November:

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