It’s time to stop the minimum wage madness in New Mexico! Setting price floors for human labor is both bad economics and unfair to the very workers it is supposed to help. Already, Santa Fe has among the highest mandated wages in the nation at $10.29 an hour. Only wealth San Francisco currently has a higher wage.
Albuquerque recently enacted a wage of $8.50 an hour. Now, Bernalillo County may get into the act by adopting legislation that would match Albuquerque’s rate.
Gov. Susana Martinez has proposed a package of measures to improve public schools and better prepare New Mexico students for the workforce.
The governor asked the Legislature on Tuesday to finance a pilot project patterned after a successful program in Las Cruces that partners public schools, businesses and colleges to help students prepare for colleges or jobs. Martinez wants to make similar programs available in other communities.
Martinez offered the proposal during her state of the state speech to a joint session of the Legislature.
Members of Four Corners gang and drug law enforcement units are earning praise from Homeland Security Investigations.
The investigative arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scheduled Wednesday to recognize agents with the Region II Task Force Gang Unit and Narcotics Unit for their work in helping out with two massive arrest sweeps last year.