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Minimum wage debates this year may eliminate the need to heat the state capitol.
Albuquerque voters just voted to increase the minimum wage despite a vigorous campaign against it, and the minimum in Santa Fe is above $10.
There Republicans count businesses that have closed or departed and Democrats count increased job creation.
Before I put on my hip waders, let me first admit that I always have mixed feelings on the minimum wage.
On one hand, in a battered economy, I wonder what mythical pot of gold these new wages are supposed to come from.
On the other hand, there are moms and dads working two jobs to pay the rent, and their paltry wages make possible the low prices we enjoy in stores and restaurants.
Personally, I’d rather pay more for my burger and know that the server is herself served.
Let’s also recognize that an increased minimum doesn’t have a universal impact. Astute business people already pay better wages to hang on to their good employees.
The law falls on others who for various reasons don’t. We have this fight with each increase, state or national.
Proponents and opponents draw their pistols and fire data at one another, and eventually the new minimum is accepted.
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