Petition to Increase Minimum Wage Circulates in Duke City, Youth Unemployment Rate Too Low?

KOAT - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Petitions are circulating to raise Albuquerque's $7.50 per hour minimum wage by a dollar. Albuquerque resident Joseph Baltzer lives on the minimum wage.
"I just try not to spend as much. I'm frugal and cut down on the luxuries," Baltzer said. "I've got a couple other side jobs that supplement my income."
Supporters of a higher minimum wage in Albuquerque are trying to get the issue of the November ballot. The proposal would push the minimum wage to $8.50 by next year with cost of living raises in the following years. But not all are in favor of the proposal. Jeff Parker with ManPower Inc., a business that finds jobs for the unemployed, said the increase would be bad business and put more constraints on local employers. Read full story here: News New Mexico


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