New Mexico is the LAST state in the nation that does not pay its legislators a salary.
HJR 8 proposes that our legislators be paid a salary. It also creates a citizen commission to establish, adjust, and limit salaries for our legislators, thus taking that task away from the legislature and placing it with an objective body.
A paid legislative body would eliminate the need for legislators to be rich, resourceful, or retired with a pension. It would attract a greater diversity of candidates, with different experiences, to run for office. This includes more military veterans, which would improve this constituency’s representation in the legislature. Our experiences are not the same as many and
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