SANTA FE – A 30-day legislative session filled with plenty of political fireworks ended Thursday with bipartisan backslapping over spending measures aimed at boosting New Mexico’s economy.
Gov. Susana Martinez indicated she will likely sign – with some possible line-item vetoes – a $6.2 billion budget bill that both legislative chambers endorsed. The spending plan features salary increases of at least 3 percent for state employees and teachers and more than $170 million in additional spending for K-12 schools.
“As with every legislative session, no one got everything they wanted,” Martinez told reporters before she boarded a plane for Washington, D.C., to attend national governors meetings. “But I believe that we emerged with a tremendous set of bipartisan accomplishments.”
The Republican governor also cited legislation aimed at bolstering the state’s health care workforce and creating a new online business portal as key successes.
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