- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Las Cruces City Council has decided to implement the first phase of a stepped increase of the minimum wage in the southern New Mexico city, but it may then consider anew whether to have the next two steps take effect.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News (https://goo.gl/r0yQ7o), the council on Monday balked at a proposal to exempt small businesses from the previously approved ordinance.

Instead, the first phase was left intact to raise the minimum wage in Las Cruces on Jan. 1 to $8.40 per hour. That’s a 90-cent increase from the current statewide level.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima says he wants the council to then review the ordinance before subsequent phases would raise the minimum wage to $9.20 in January 2016 and to $10.10 in January 2017.

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