City Council Special Work Session Set for September 22 to Discuss Las Cruces’ Proposed 2021 Minimum Wage

The Las Cruces City Council will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 22, via video conference, for a Special Work Session regarding the City’s proposed minimum wage for 2021. 

Mayor Ken Miyagishima will allow the first 20 business owners or managers who sign up to speak on the topic. Those who wish to speak must contact Annette Granado either by phone at 575/541-2076, or by email at [email protected]

A link will be sent to only the first 20 respondents. 

The Special work session will be televised live at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 22 on CLC-TV, Comcast Cable channel 20, and will be available online at clctv.com and at YouTube.com/clctv20

At a Monday, September 14 work session, City Council agreed to conduct further public discussions regarding the proposed 2021 City of Las Cruces minimum wage. 

Currently, Las Cruces’ minimum wage is $10.25 an hour and the minimum wage for tipped employees is $4.10 an hour, plus any tips a server receives. 

On Jan. 1, 2021, Las Cruces’ and New Mexico’s minimum wages are supposed to be increase. The City’s proposed minimum wage could increase to $10.40 an hour, and $4.40 an hour for tipped employees. The state’s minimum wage will increase to $10.50 an hour and will be $2.35 an hour for tipped employees. 

City Council has options to consider regarding the City’s minimum wage: 

  • Repeal the City’s minimum wage ordinance and utilize the state of New Mexico’s minimum wage law. 
  • Continue with the local ordinance but either determine, on an annual basis, the hourly rate comparison between the State and City and adopt the higher rate; or apply the tipped minimum wage formula on the hourly rate. 

The City of Las Cruces has until October 15 to legally advertise what the City’s minimum wage will be on January 1, 2021. 

City Council especially wants input from business owners or managers, and from tipped employees in Las Cruces about the minimum wage proposals being considered. The council has acknowledged the COVID-19 public health crisis has created a serious, negative economic impact on restaurants.