Gov. Martinez proposes 4% budget increase

Posted at: 01/10/2013 1:55 PM
Updated at: 01/10/2013 5:22 PM
By: Barry Massey, The Associated Press

Photo: Susana Martinez
Photo: Susana Martinez

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing a four percent spending increase next year for state programs and public education.

Martinez outlined a nearly $5.9 billion budget proposal on Thursday that is similar to the broad spending recommendations made a day earlier by the Legislative Finance Committee.

The governor's proposal calls for a $232 million increase in spending on public schools, higher education and general government operations ranging from prisons to health care for the poor. That's very close to the LFC recommendation of a $233 million increase. However, budget disagreements usually involve spending on detailed programs.

One potential area of disagreement with the Democratic-controlled Legislature is the governor's push for tax cuts for corporations as an economic development incentive.

Unlike the governor, the LFC proposed pay raises for state workers.

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