LAS CRUCES – The city council will hear from business owners this morning, as well as from tipped workers like restaurant servers, in response to Mayor Ken Miyagishima’s proposal to temporarily lower the tipped wage in Las Cruces.
Most city councilors have said they’re opposed to the mayor’s idea to temporarily reduce the city’s tipped wage from $4.20 next year to $2.55 an hour, to match the state wage. The mayor has said it could help ease the burden on restaurants struggling to survive under capacity limits imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because it’s a work session, no official action can be taken by the council.
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8:40 a.m. The city will also be broadly discussing the upcoming minimum wage increase in 2021, which includes the tipped wage. Because the state’s increase will be higher