CALL TO ACTION!!!
February 26, 2013
HB668: DUMMY BILL (Increase Minimum Wage Annually) sponsored by Rep. M. Garcia. We believe this bill will be the same as HJR6: Increase Minimum Wage Annually, except this bill would require the signature of Governor Martinez as opposed to HJR6 which would have gone to the voters for their consideration had it passed. Dummy Bill’s are introduced to act as place holders for pieces of legislation that were not introduced prior to the February 15th cutoff date. If HB668 is the same as HJR6, it would require that the state minimum wage be increased annually at the rate of inflation. ACI believes a uniform, national, minimum wage reduces the administrative burden on employers in New Mexico and also makes New Mexico an attractive state for creating jobs. Currently, teen unemployment hovers around 20%. In places like Washington State, where they already have their minimum wage tied to indexing, they are seeing the highest levels of youth unemployment in the past 60 years. Unemployment rates amongst 18-24 year olds is up to 40%. The largest number of minimum wage jobs in New Mexico are municipal, county and state jobs. Municipalities currently have hold harmless provisions in place to help offset the loss of revenue from the removal of the GRT on food. Passing legislation like HB668 will only cause more hardships on every municipality in the state. Lastly, passing a constitutional amendment to tie minimum wage to indexing is just bad policy. ACI opposes HB668 as a FOCUS priority.
Please contact the committee members of the House Labor and Human Resources Committee to express your opposition for HB668. Click the name of each committee member to view their email address and phone number. If you are unable to contact all members on the committee, please try to at least contact the members who have asterisks next to their name. These members voted in support of HJR6 and they are quite likely to vote in favor of HB668.
|Representative||Miguel P. Garcia***||Chair|
|Representative||Sheryl Williams Stapleton***||Vice Chair|
|Representative||Phillip M. Archuleta***||Member|
|Representative||Candy Spence Ezzell||Member|
|Representative||David M. Gallegos||Member|
|Representative||W. Ken Martinez***||Member|
|Representative||Paul A. Pacheco||Member|