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The Line: Debate Over Raising Minimum Wage

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February 8, 2019 – New Mexico’s minimum wage has remained at $7.50 for over ten years now, and Democratic lawmakers think it’s been too low for too long. The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee last week voted along party lines last week on HB31, a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour in July, with an annual increase until it reaches $12 an hour on 2021. Not everyone approves of the plan, though, especially a large segment of the restaurant industry, many who feel a lower minimum wage for workers who traditionally rely on tips should be maintained.   Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the merits and downsides of this bill, and look at other minimum wage bills making their way through this legislative session.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres

For Further Reading:

New Mexico restaurant industry fights wage bill — Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican

Proposal to raise New Mexico’s minimum wage will head to house floorRuidoso News

HB31 – New Mexico Legislature website

The Line: Lawmakers Consider Changes To Breakfast After The Bell Program

January 29, 2016 – Breakfast After The Bell  was created reduce the number of children who are hungry at the start of the school day. But some lawmakers say they’re hearing from teachers and school officials that eating in the classroom is creating new challenges.

Senator Gay Kernan told the Albuquerque Journal that a bill she introduced (SB 144) with Senator Mimi Stewart would give districts more flexibility in how they manage the breakfast program. Jennifer Ramo from New Mexico Appleseed, which pushed for the legislation that requires low-income schools to serve breakfast after the start of the school day, has spoken out against the proposed changes.

This week, the Line opinion panelists react to the political debate over the future of the Breakfast After The Bell program.

Eddy Aragon, CEO, “The Rock of Talk,” Fox News ABQ 95.9 FM
Lonna Atkeson, UNM political science professor and director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
Rob Nikolewski, independent journalist