SANTA FE, New Mexico — The House is debating a proposal that would let New Mexico voters decide whether to boost the state's minimum wage next year.
The proposed constitutional amendment would need the support of 36 House members if it's to make it onto the ballot next November. The Senate has already endorsed the proposal.
New Mexico's minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009. The proposed constitutional amendment would adjust the minimum wage for inflation since 2009 — setting it at an estimated $8.40 starting in July 2015.
The measure has been a top priority for Democrats. They say a wage hike would help tens of thousands of workers.
Opponents say the higher wage could force businesses to trim their workforce and it could lead to higher prices for goods and services.