On March 29, 2013, Good Friday, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 416, which would have raised the state minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 – an effective one-dollar raise for the over 84,000 workers in the state who earn minimum wage or lower.
But if you look at her website, there’s no evidence of this ever happening. As OLE New Mexico points out in the above video, there’s no mention of the bill ever existing.
At the time she vetoed it, Gov. Martinez called the bill a “gimmick.” Yet by choosing a day with low press attention to take this action, and then scrubbing all mention of it from her official (taxpayer-funded) website, it seems like the Governor is the gimmick expert.
”I really find it incredible that she called this bill a gimmick,” said Working America Member Coordinator Brenda Rodriguez, “It’s not a gimmick to put food on the table.”