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NM lawmakers OKs budget despite veto threat

March 13, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez are on a collision course over a proposed $5.9 billion state budget after lawmakers decided Wednesday to send her the spending blueprint despite a threatened veto.

The Legislature ends on Saturday, and the clash over the budget creates the possibility that lawmakers could be forced to return to work later in a special session if the governor follows through on her veto threat.

If a budget isn’t signed into law, there will be no money to finance public education and state government programs when the next fiscal year starts on July 1.

“I’m very disappointed in the lack of compromise by the other party, and by the unbalanced approach to our state budget taken by many lawmakers,” the governor said in a statement.

“While the Democrats want me to agree to pay increases for government employees and Login to read more

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