LISTEN: Raising The Minimum Wage

Mar 11, 2015

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KUNM Call In Show 3/12 8a: 

Lawmakers in Santa Fe are considering proposals that would raise the state's minimum wage. The cities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces have already done this and lawmakers are also reviewing a measure that would prevent more cities from raising their minimum wages. 

Who benefits from an increase in the minimum wage? Who is harmed? And at what point does a minimum wage equal a living wage? 

We'd like to hear from you! Email, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 


Related Reports:

  • San Francisco Press article, "Minimum Wage Means Big Boost For Working Class"
  • Manhattan Institute's report on National Bureau of Economic Research report on recent evidence on effects of minimum wages in the U.S. (2014) (Trying to get free access to the NBER report)
  • Employment Policies Institute report on negative consequences of Santa Fe's minimum wage
  • UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research report measuring employment impacts of Santa Fe's Living Wage ordinance
  • Berkley Study of San Francisco and Santa Fe 

  • Santa Fe Chamber White Paper

  • Gerry Bradley, NM Voices for Children article, "Raising the Minimum Wage: Helping Those Who Need it Most" 

Minimum wage bills pending: 

Minimum Wage and Employee Preference: