State budget fails in House on tie vote

Posted at: 02/07/2014 4:59 PM
By: Barry Massey, The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A proposed budget providing $6 billion for public education and state government next year has failed in the House on a tie vote.

Republicans were joined by one Democrat - Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint - in opposing the measure on Friday.        

The 34-34 vote will force Democrats to regroup and potentially revamp portions of the budget. Two Democrats are absent this session because of health problems.        

Republicans objected that the measure didn't fund a number of the governor's educational initiatives, including merit pay for teachers.          

Before the final vote, Democrats rejected a GOP attempt to revamp the spending plan to shift more money to Martinez-backed programs.          

The budget proposed to increase spending on public education and government programs by 4.8 percent or $280 million next year.

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