Martinez signs ‘responsible’ $6.2B budget (SF New Mex)

Martinez signs ‘responsible’ $6.2B budget

  • Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2015 8:45 pm | Updated: 12:09 am, Fri Apr 10, 2015. 

Gov. Susana Martinez signed a $6.235 billion state spending package that bolsters education, economic development, child protection and public safety, though not at the levels lawmakers envisioned months ago before oil prices collapsed and dragged down revenue expectations.

Besides the necessary trimming that resulted from falling revenue projections, Martinez made cuts of her own. The governor used line-item veto power to strike pay raises for health workers and public defenders, and $1.8 million for a courthouse in Mora County, from the spending package for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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