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Should Santa Fe County raise minimum wage to $10.50?

Updated: 09/02/2013 2:14 PM | Created: 09/02/2013 1:38 PM

SANTA FE -- A labor advocacy group in Santa Fe County is working to raise the county's minimum wage to match the city.

Right now, minimum wage workers in the county make $7.50 an hour.

KOB Eyewitness News 4's media partners at the Santa Fe New Mexican report the group "Working America" is collecting signatures to raise the wage to $10.50 an hour.

The group aims to get 6,000 signatures before taking the petition to county commissioners. Right now, they have 4,000.

Chelsey Evans, Working America's New Mexico director, told the newspaper that the city's wage has been successful and thinks it will work in the county.

The city of Santa Fe has the second highest minimum wage in the country at $10.51 an hour. Only San Francisco is higher at $10.55.

In January, Albuquerque minimum wage increased from $7.50 to $8.50. Bernalillo County will also go up to $8.50 starting in January of 2014. County commissioners approved the increase in April.

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