SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Supporters of raising the minimum wage say it will help a sixth of New Mexico’s work force and provide $105 million in higher wages.

A study by New Mexico Voices for Children estimates 137,000 workers will benefit if the state’s hourly minimum wage is increased to $8.50 from $7.50, and it’s adjusted annually for inflation. Proposals to do that are pending in the Legislature.

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