NM budget signed with pay raise for state workers

April 6, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state workers and educators are in line for their first across-the-board pay increase in four years under a nearly $5.9 billion state budget signed into law Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

The governor used her line-item veto powers to trim $1.7 million from next year’s spending in the budget, but she left intact provisions that allocate about $33 million for 1 percent salary increases for public employees, including school workers, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Among the vetoes, Martinez cut $125,000 that lawmakers had provided for the Commission on the Status of Women next year, but the agency will be able to continue to operate by spending unused money from its current budget, Martinez administration officials said.

Also signed by the governor were measures to:

— Revamp the pension system for nearly 90,000 state and local government workers and retirees. Cost-of-living adjustments will be lowered, and Login to read more

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