New Mexico Senate approves $6.2 billion budget

February 18, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Senate unanimously approved a proposed $6.2 billion budget on Tuesday that would provide at least 3 percent pay raises next year for New Mexico government workers and educators.

The budget is the main assignment for lawmakers in the 30-day session, which ends on Thursday.

The bill now heads to the House, which deadlocked earlier this month on a separate plan for financing the state government.

The measure provides for a $293 million, or 5 percent, increase in spending on public schools, colleges and government programs — from prisons to health care — in the fiscal year starting July 1.

Democrats and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez have been at odds over spending on the governor’s education initiatives, including merit pay.

However, the Senate-passed bill made concessions to the administration.

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