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.