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Referendum on Minimum Wage Set in Albuquerque

by Brendan Coyne

Aug. 8, 2005 – Living wage advocates came one step closer to victory in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday when the City Clerk certified a petition seeking to put the issue before voters this fall. If passed, the city’s minimum wage would jump to $7.50.

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Two months ago, the Albuquerque City Council voted down a measure that would have put a hike in the minimum wage on the ballot. Given Friday’s certification, the Council could adopt the bill at a meeting later this month, local TV station KOBT reported Friday.

If approved by the Council or passed by the voters, the measure would require all companies with more than ten employees to pay at least $7.50 an hour, KOBT said.

Santa Fe enacted a similar law in 2003. Employers with 25 or more workers are required to pay $8.50 an hour through 2008, at which point the wage jumps two more dollars.

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