Bureau of Business and Economic Research


Lee A. Reynis

Document Type

Technical Report

Publication Date



City of Santa Fe


University of New Mexico. Bureau of Business and Economic Research.


Reporting baseline data and offering a portrait of the City of Santa Fe economy prior to implementation of the Living Wage Ordinance. On February 27, 2003, the Santa Fe City Council passed an ordinance mandating a phased-in living wage for all people working at private sector businesses with 25 or more employees. The ordinance was scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2004, when the minimum hourly wage for workers in these larger private establishments would be $8.50, inclusive of tips and any employer contributions toward health insurance and/or toward the provision of day care. On January 1, 2006, the minimum wage for businesses with 25 or more employees would be increased to $9.50 (plus inflation), with a further increase to $10.50 (plus inflation) effective January 1, 2008.


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