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Legislature enters final stretch with no budget

February 15, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature is running out of time in its 30-day session as the top issues remain unresolved, including a $6 billion budget to finance public schools and government services starting in July.

The session ends on Thursday, but neither the House nor the Senate have approved a budget. Much of the dispute is over how much control Republican Gov. Susana Martinez should have over money for educational programs such as merit pay for teachers, assistance for struggling schools and initiatives to recruit and retain math and science teachers.

Also pending are proposals to shore up a lottery-financed college scholarship program, pay for capital improvements, raise the minimum wage and overhaul retirement plans for judges. The Legislature hasn’t voted on a new gambling compact to allow the Navajo Nation to operate more casinos.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, a Belen Democrat, said Saturday he Login to read more

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