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    Representative Miguel Garcia, house sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution 13, a resolution for annually increasing the minimum wage, works on the house floor on Wednesday, February, 19, 2014. Luis Sanchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:57 pm

A proposed constitutional amendment to raise New Mexico’s minimum wage failed Wednesday in the House of Representatives and therefore will not be on the November ballot.

It was a stinging defeat for Democrats in the Legislature, who lost their signature issue after a contentious three-hour debate filled with allegations that they were pandering for political gain.

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