Our view: The 6 percent raise — overkill at City Hall

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:00 pm

Jobs are hard to come by in New Mexico — the state is tied for last in job growth with Kentucky and is one of just four states where non-farm payroll is contracting or showing zero expansion. Wages are remaining flat, with 2013 personal income growth up only 1.7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Last in job growth, the state ranks 48th in income growth among the states, with per capita income of $36,284 at 43rd and 81 percent of the national average of $44,543 a year.

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login Now

Need an online subscription?



You must login to view the full content on this page.

Thank you for reading 5 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 5 free articles, or you can get complete access to the online edition for $2.49 a week. If you need help, please contact our office at 505-986-3010 You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login Now

Need an online subscription?



Rules of Conduct

  • 1 No Alias Commenters must use their real names.
  • 2 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 3 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. and please turn off caps lock.
  • 4 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:47 pm on Wed, Apr 2, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    Is it more than just a rumor about the State employees and la Tejana's "generous" 3% raise? Word has it that (1) yes, they will be getting the 3% raise, but (2) they will also get a 10% increase to their health insurance contributions in July.Why? To cut expenses. Never mind the BILLIONS in the State's coffers.

    Let's see: 3% minus 10% = a 7% pay cut. Be grateful! Count your blessings! You could live in a $100,000 house in Santa Fe County and also have your property taxes go up as well--and sent to Florida. What? There are no $100K houses in Santa Fe? Well, your property taxes are going up $150 per $100K and sent to Florida anyway.

    Give up a couple of Starbucks.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 12:29 pm on Mon, Mar 31, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 661

    Is this the first shot from Javier in his my way or the highway Mayoral reign?

  • Staci Benni posted at 10:44 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 172

    Thanks for the editorial. Yes, Ms Vigil should have been sharing her institutional knowledge--in fact all department heads should have one or two people in training so should there be a crisis more than one person could handle it. IT will be hard for me to look at Ms Vigil again without thinking that she takes 14,000 dollars of taxpayer money home every month.
    Being a cynic I wonder if this was not a payback for Ms Vigil--after all she does count the votes! You also did not emphasize that Ms Vigil came back to the same job five months later and got a ten percent raise. Nor did you emphasize that Mayor Gonzales has consistently negotiated golden parachutes deals as a regent at Highlands and NMSU—and seems to be bringing that tradition with him to the city.
    As for Ms Delgado—no, she does not deserve the raise. She is the one who pooh-poohed when Spanish Market went to Albuquerque for its winter market, saying they'll be back. Did she find another event to fill that weekend? Did she try to attract the market back? Of course, not. When your name is Delgado you do not need qualifications or successful results--just your dad standing behind you

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 9:03 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 661

    New mayor same B.S.
    Shame on you council. Disgusting read for a Sunday breakfast.

    "Councilors were ostensibly there to discuss Vigil’s new contract, as is allowed under exceptions to the Open Meetings Act. After the closed session, the council approved Vigil’s new contract, not mentioning, naturally, her generous raise."

    Will Council members be adult enough to inform the public how they voted and why?

  • Jay Shapiro posted at 6:57 am on Sun, Mar 30, 2014.

    jayshapiro Posts: 29

    The assumption behind this informative editorial is based on some vague idea of “justification” for selected employee pay raises. That’s a quaint concept that has nothing to do with how jobs or their pay rates are awarded in northern New Mexico. This region is still very much a traditional kinship based society in which family or other close personal connections continue to trump other factors such as job descriptions, performance, credentials, education, and competence. As products of that environment Javier Gonzalez and his fellow travelers on City Council are acting consistent with their views about how the world is supposed to work. Just wait until you see what certain selected employees are being paid at the END of Gonzalez’s term.


Write us! We welcome opinions from the readers. Send either letters (150 words) or My Views (600 words) to letters@sfnewmexican.com.

You can write a letter once a month or one My View every three months. We require the letter writer's name, address and phone number to be considered for publication. We also encourage writers to include a photo of themselves.

Any questions? Call Letters Editor Jennifer West at 986-3063.

Today’s New Mexican, July 24, 2014

To view a replica of today's printed edition of The Santa Fe New Mexican, you must be a subscriber. Get complete access to the online edition, including the print replica, at our low rate of $2.49 a week. That's about the price of a cup of coffee. Or get online and home delivery of our print edition for $3.24. Click here for details.