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Mon Apr 10, 2017, 11:41 PM

Governor wants budget deal with lawmakers before special session

LAS CRUCES — Gov. Susana Martinez said she intends to call legislators into special session “in the next couple of weeks” to vote on next year’s still-unfinished budget.

Last week, the governor struck down a $350 million package of tax increases proposed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature and instead vetoed all funding for higher education and the legislative branch — ostensibly to force lawmakers back to the negotiating table.

Martinez repeated her opposition to tax hikes during a press conference held in Las Cruces on Monday but said she is “confident” she and lawmakers can agree on a balanced budget before she calls them back to Santa Fe.

“It will be in the next couple of weeks,” she said. “It is something we are trying to work out with the Legislature — a budget that is responsible, does not include tax increases – and then I’ll call the session. Hopefully there is an agreement before then so we’re not paying $50,000 a day on a special session.”

Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/985575/governor-wants-budget-deal-with-lawmakers-before-special-session.html

[font color=330099]It appears that Gov. Martinez is a my way or the highway type of governor.[/font]

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