Governor faces deadline for signing, vetoing bills

Posted at: 04/05/2013 7:38 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez is up against a deadline for dealing with bills approved by the Legislature, including a measure that would boost pay for state workers and educators for the first time since 2008.

The governor must finish signing or vetoing bills on Friday. Among the pending measures is a nearly $5.9 billion state budget, which Martinez has said she'll sign but may reject some spending provisions with line-item vetoes.

The budget includes $33 million for 1 percent pay raises for state workers and educators and 4 percent for state police and motor transportation officers.

Also pending before the governor are measures to finance $274 million worth of capital improvements and revamp a pension system for nearly 90,000 state and local government workers and retirees.

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