At this month's general election, 59 percent of the voters in the City of San Jose, California approved an initiative measure to institute a $10 per hour minimum wage for covered employers and employees. The ordinance will take effect in early 2013, raising San Jose's minimum wage to two dollars an hour more than California's minimum wage. To learn more about the San Jose minimum wage ordinance, please see Littler's ASAP, Do You Know the Way to Pay in San Jose? San Jose Becomes the Fifth – and Largest – U.S. City to Enact Its Own Minimum Wage Ordinance, by Christopher Cobey and Karin Cogbill.
On March 1, 2012 the minimum wage for employers in Santa Fe, New Mexico will increase to $10.29 per hour. The rate will exceed San Francisco’s $10.24 requirement, becoming the highest minimum wage in the country. The reason for the increase is a city ordinance that ties wage requirements to the consumer price index for the western United States. The consumer price index for the region saw a marked increase, as the cost of living in Santa Fe is 18 percent higher than the national average.