Las Cruces Council Considers $8.50 Minimum Wage

May 5, 2014

It has been some time since the City of Las Cruces hosted the Great Conversations to find out what residents think about raising the minimum wage.

“We’ve gotten a lot of great input on the table,” said Nathan Small.

It seems residents should plan for changes in the near future, according to Nathan Small, councilman for district 4.

“We’re really at that phase…seeing that small but measured increase over time tied to inflation,” said Small.

Councilman for district 1, Miguel Silva, has been working on a proposal for a city ordinance.

“The city has reached the point that we need to introduce a city ordinance on behalf of all residents,” said Silva.

There is one thing that both Small and Silva seem to agree on for now…and that is the dollar figure the current minimum wage should be raised to …

“I think what we’re looking at is the minimum wage being raised to $8.50 by the end of the year,” said Small.

“$8.50,” said Silva.

Small would like to see that happen before the end of the year. Silva says he wants it spread over 2 years.

“In 50 cent increments,” said Silva.