Sign of the times

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Calling it like it is, something we wouldn’t have seen one year ago:

WASHINGTON (AP) – New Mexico’s two US senators split their votes on a Republican election-year effort to link a cut in inheritance taxes on multimillion-dollar estates with the first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade.

The Senate rejected the measure Thursday night by a vote of 56-to-42.

Democrat Jeff Bingaman rejected a move to advance the bill.  Republican Pete Domenici voted for it.

The measure links a $2.10 increase in the minimum wage over three years to reducing estate taxes for estates worth more than $5 million.

Democrats criticized Republicans for agreeing to raise wages only if estate taxes also are cut.

Democrats say voters will understand their opposition, even though it meant rejecting a higher minimum wage.