Diamond notes: Go beyond minimum expectations

By Master Sgt. Brian M. Rollefson: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Editor’s note: Diamond Notes is a monthly column from the 27th Special Operations Wing’s first sergeants. The first sergeant is the senior enlisted member of a unit and reports directly to the commander as the chief adviser concerning the enlisted force. He or […]

Their view: Minimum wage laws harmful to all

Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University and libertarian columnist, is convinced that minimum wage laws hurt us all. Here’s a sampling from a recent column:

Businesses anticipate wage raise

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer A $1 rise in the New Mexico minimum wage taking effect in about a week has local business owners scrambling to find ways to make up the difference. On January 1, the state mandated minimum wage increases from $6.50 per hour to $7.50 per hour. Tom Martin, the owner […]

Minimum wage an unfair intrusion of government

Editorial Last month, many people with apparently little or no knowledge of economics heralded the arrival of a higher federal minimum wage. Although it’s true the mandated wage had held steady at $6.55 an hour since 1997, individual workers have been moving up the wage scale and improving their value to the market since then. […]

Legislators aim to tackle wage exceptions

Staff and Wire Reports Lawmakers are moving quickly to help cities and counties avoid millions of dollars in overtime pay for police, firefighters and some other workers. The Senate approved a bill on Wednesday to fix a problem that occurred last year when the state enacted a higher minimum wage. The bill now goes to […]

Minimum wage boost hits Tuesday

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico employees working at minimum wage jobs will get a 65-cent pay raise Tuesday, but local business owners say the increase is likely to cause more problems than it solves. The state minimum wage jumps to $6.50 an hour beginning Tuesday from the current federal minimum wage of […]

Minimum wage law could affect overtime

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An element of the new state minimum wage law could cost local governments tens of thousands of dollars in overtime pay and is drawing opposition from city officials across the state. The new law, effective Jan. 1, cements a work period as 40 hours in seven days with no […]

Court’s pricing decision shows good judgement

Editorial It might not sit well with Wal-Mart, Costco and some Internet retailers. But the Supreme Court’s decision last week to reverse a 1911 precedent and allow what is called minimum retail pricing or vertical pricing — or at least not to conclude automatically that such schemes violate antitrust laws — was a welcome sign […]

Wage hike Richardson’s ‘crown jewel'; business owners disagree

By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the clock ticked down on the 2007 New Mexico Legislature, a lobbying effort by Gov. Bill Richardson produced a state minimum wage. Legislation to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 won final approval Friday when it narrowly passed the Senate. Richardson called it the […]

Udall talks wages, health care in town hall

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Minimum wage and health care were the dominant topics Monday during U.S. Rep. Tom Udall’s Town Hall Meeting at Portales City Hall. The wide-ranging discussion also covered topics from student loans to the Iraq War. It was Udall’s first meeting in Portales since Democrats took control of the U.S. […]

Minimum wage bill flies through Senate

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Moving with a speed that surprised some legislators, the state Senate approved a minimum wage bill 35-7 late Friday, sending it to the House before a House version received a chance to get on track. Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, said she’s fundamentally opposed to a state minimum wage and […]

Gardner vies for state representative

Editor’s note: Incumbent Keith Gardner is seeking the Republican nomination for state representative of District 66 in the June 6 primary. He is running against Lucille B. Tucker. Q. Why are you running for state representative? A. I am running for re-election to continue to represent your philosophy and stand up for your principles and […]

Portales school officials unhappy with governor’s veto on salaries

William P. Thompson Gov. Bill Richardson recently vetoed $6.3 million in funding to the state’s three-tiered licensure system for teachers, and now the Portales school district will have to make adjustments in its budget to come up with $300,000 to $400,000. Debbie Zurzolo, business manager for Portales schools, said she doesn’t know yet what will […]

Legislators review session

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By Marlena Hartz Elected officials and business leaders vented frustration with the 30-day legislative session Friday over scrambled eggs and gravy and biscuits. The morning meal, hosted by the Association for Industry and Commerce (ACI), reviewed the recent session, with commentary by local senators and representatives. About $1.7 million for regional capital outlay projects was […]

Minimum wage puts state at economic disadvantage

By Walter Bradley Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average minimum wage […]

Minimum wage still on bubble

By Andy Jackson While it was unclear on Wednesday if lawmakers could agree on a bill to increase the minimum wage across New Mexico, the proposal could cost taxpayers more than $1 million — and that’s just counting employees of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University. Payroll at Clovis Community College will surge […]

Senate panel OKs proposal for minimum wage

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson opposes a proposal heading to the Senate that would boost the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6 in 2007 and then phase in additional increases for some experienced workers. Under a measure approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee, a worker who had […]

Stumbling block likely in Senate for $7.50 minimum wage

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Majority Leader Michael Sanchez predicts that the Senate will be the stumbling block for a $7.50 minimum wage. The Belen Democrat says he “is still a true believer that it should be $7.50 right off the bat,” although that proposal has been tripped up in both houses. Raising the […]

Richardson won’t compromise on $7.50 minimum wage

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he won’t compromise on raising the state minimum wage to $7.50 an hour and would veto a Senate bill that capped it at $6.15. The governor said he was willing to modify his proposal for a phased-in $7.50 wage floor “a bit — but […]

Minimum wage bill features party-line split

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the economy. […]