“You know what the message is when they give you minimum wage?” asked comedian Chris Rock. “What they’re really saying is “If we could pay you less, we would.” It’s hardly a vote of confidence in the value of work. But this week’s NYT Magazine cover story explores a Santa Fe ordinance that raises minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. Will other cities follow suit? And if they do, will a higher minimum wage hurt local economies or spur them forward? | story

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