One of two minimum wage bills advances to Senate

New Mexico
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One of two bills calling to increase the minimum wage is moving forward in the Senate.

Senate Bill 437 would gradually increase the minimum wage to $9.25 per hour in October. It would then reach $10 per hour in 2020 and it would cap at $11 two years later. 

Another bill passed by the House has been blocked in the Senate. House Bill 31 would increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour in 2021 with future increases tied to inflation. 

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Democratic lawmaker Mary Kay Papen is voting against the measure along with Republicans. Critics say it would hurt businesses statewide. 

The minimum wage is currently $7.50 per hour. 

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