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House sends state budget bill back to committee

February 12, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $6 billion budget proposal was sent back to a House committee Wednesday for possible revisions to try to break a stalemate over education spending.

With the House still unable to finish work on a budget for financing state government, Senate leaders are starting to assemble their own budget proposal as the Legislature moves into the final week of its 30-day session.

The budget failed last week on a tie vote in the House, with one Democrat joining Republicans in opposing the measure because they contended it shortchanged educational initiatives of GOP Gov. Susana Martinez.

Democratic and Republican House members huddled in separate closed-door meetings Wednesday to review a possible compromise that would have shifted about $17 million within the budget package to finance educational initiatives under the control of the Martinez administration’s Public Education Department. Proposed spending throughout the budget would have been Login to read more

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