New Mexico’s Gambel’s Quail can help explain the benefits of the state’s need for a minimum wage hike. In his article in the Albuquerque Journal this last Sunday (March 6th), Sen. Clemente Sanchez stated that “Full time work year round at the state-wide minimum wage of $7.50 per hour leaves an adult with two children earning thousands of dollars below the poverty line”. He continued to make it clear that raising the minimum wage from $7.50 per hour to $9 an hour is vital for the states’ continued progress, with little to no repercussions.
Having that little extra income immediately provides more resources to a family and makes a dramatic difference in quality of life. Parents are able to spend more time at home rather than working multiple jobs to make ends meet. Ample research has been done supporting this.
Gambel’s Quails can relate to that. Quails throughout New Mexico do much better with a little more available to them. Basic resources such as shrubbery for nesting and coverage from predators keep Quail population numbers up. Without it, mothers have to travel longer distances to find food for their young. And the young will be more likely to be exposed to predation in the process.
Not raising our minimum wage in is like removing the mesquite and bunchgrasses from the landscape. That little extra goes a long way…without it we lose a part of what makes us New Mexico true. Is it worth the Gambel?
New Mexico’s Quail Biology, Distribution, and Management Recommendations. Kamees, Mitchusson, Gruber. New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, 2008.
“NM needs minimum wage hike” OP-ED article. Sen. Clemente Sanchez. Albuquerque Journal, Sunday March 6th, 2017.