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MOP-Chapter18

New Mexico Commission for the Blind

Manual of Operating Procedures

 

CHAPTER 18 – Authorized Rates for Various Services

Per Diem, Lodging, and Meal Rates

Per Diem Rates for State Fiscal Year 2024 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)

Approved Rates (covers both lodging and meals):

  • In-State $157.00 per day
  • In-State – County of Santa Fe (Special Area) $210.00 per day
  • Out-of-State $157.00 per day
  • Except for Santa Fe County, per diem rates are set at the standard federal General Services Administration rate.

 

Meals (apart from lodging):

  • In-State $59.00 per day
  • Out-of-State $59.00 per day

 

State Mileage Rate

  • Prior to February 1, 2024: $0.52 per mile (State Mileage Rate is 80% of the prior year’s federal Internal Revenue Service Standard Mileage Rate, per New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration regulation and Commission for the Blind policy)
  • As of February 1, 2024: $0.66 per mile through December 31, 2024 (State Mileage Rate is 100% of the prior year’s federal Internal Revenue Service Standard Mileage Rate, per New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration regulation and Commission for the Blind policy)

 

Minimum Wage Rates

  • Santa Fe and Santa Fe County: Effective March 1, 2023, Living Wage, $14.03 per hour.
  • Las Cruces: Effective January 1, 2024, minimum wage, $12.36 per hour.
  • Rest of New Mexico: Effective January 1, 2023, minimum wage, $12.00 per hour.
  • New Mexico State Government Employees: Effective July 1, 2022, Minimum Pay Rate, $15.00 per hour.

 

Cell Phone Rate

  • Rate for Cell Phone Voice/Text/Data Plans: Renewed August 1, 2023, $75.00 per month

 

Pay Rates for Readers and Tutors

  • Tier 1: Effective July 27, 2023, $15.00 per hour, tagged to the minimum Pay Rate for New Mexico State Government Employees.
  • Tier 2: Effective January 1, 2024, $24.96 per hour, based on higher level of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the field of study. Tagged to the pay rate for Post-Masters Graduate Assistants at the University of New Mexico, where most graduate-level tutors are graduate assistants.
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