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Bernalillo County approves minimum wage increase

J.R. Oppenheim
October 10, 2017 10:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- By a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, the Bernalillo County Commission passed a 15 cent per hour minimum wage increase for all employees within the unincorporated county areas.

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As part of the Bernalillo County Minimum Wage Ordinance, the commission must vote on a wage increase based on rising costs of living. Commissioners Debbie O'Malley, Maggie Hart Stebbins and Steven Michael Quezada all voted in favor of the increase while Wayne Johnson and Lonnie Talbert voted against it.

It will take effect at the start of the next year. It does not affect people inside the city limits.

Since July 2013, the minimum has incrementally gone up from $7.50 to the current $8.85 from Tuesday's decision.

"Bernalillo County families work hard and they deserve a raise," O’Malley said. "I acknowledge this is far from a living wage, but this is a good start."

The county uses a U.S. Department of Labor consumer price index formula to decide what the increase should be.

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