Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Living Wage' Pushed.

Byline: Morgan Lee Journal Staff Writer

Pay Raises May Go To State Workers

Senate President Pro Tem Manny Aragon, D-Albuquerque, last week asked the State Personnel Office for a definition of "living wage" and what bringing all state workers up to that salary level would cost.

Pay increases for state workers are on the table this year as the Legislature considers what to do with $416 million in "new money" projected for the fiscal year starting in mid-2001.

The lowest-paid state workers currently earn $5.24 an hour, slightly above the federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. That translates to an annual salary of about $10,900, enough to keep a single earner out of poverty, according to numbers used by the U. …

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