Gov. Susana Martinez told reporters she will sign a huge tax package approved by legislators in the final minutes of this year’s 60-day legislative session.
Martinez, who had threatened to veto the budget due to concerns over her educational and economic development initiatives, also said today she will sign the $5.9 billion budget but may use her line-item veto authority to strike down some parts of it.
As a result, she will not call lawmakers back to Santa Fe for a special session, she said.
“We accomplished great things for the state of New Mexico,” Martinez told reporters during a news conference in her Capitol office.
The first-term Republican governor has until April 5 to act on legislation passed during the final three days of the session. She said she has not made up her mind on whether she will sign some bills, including a pair of high-profile pension solvency measures.
Martinez left immediately after today’s news conference to travel to Washington D.C., where she will meet up with other members of a U.S. delegation traveling to Rome tomorrow for Pope Francis’ inaugural Mass.