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Sen. Udall: $12 Minimum Wage Would Help 250,000 New Mexico Workers

PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico says a quarter of million workers in the state would benefit if Congress approves legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020. Photo credit: Sen. Udall
PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico says a quarter of million workers in the state would benefit if Congress approves legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020. Photo credit: Sen. Udall
May 7, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. – Raising the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 would help about 250,000 workers in New Mexico, according to U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico.

Udall says the Raise the Wage Act also would help parents provide for their families.

"That will benefit nearly 150,000 children, helping ensure that their parents can put food on the table and pay the bills," he states.

Udall says the legislation also would index the federal minimum wage to the median wage, raising wages for nearly 38 million American workers.

Looking at a more specific impact, the Center for American Progress crunched the numbers, and its director of Women's Economic Policy, Sarah Jane Glynn, says the center found 57 percent of those who would receive a raise are working women.

"Women are much more likely to be concentrated in low wage work than men, and oftentimes these are workers in industries that are heavily female-dominated, like the service industry, food service, retail, child care, sectors like that," she points out.

Opponents of raising the minimum wage argue that it would increase unemployment for lower-skilled workers, but Glynn counters that past increases have raised earnings and reduced poverty without leading to job losses.



Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM