New Mexico Senate approves $6 billion budget

Posted at: 02/18/2014 7:07 PM
By: Barry Massey, The Associated Press



SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Senate has unanimously approved a proposed $6.2 billion budget that would provide 3 percent pay raises next year for government workers and educators.

The budget is the main assignment for lawmakers in the 30-day session, which ends on Thursday.

The bill cleared the Senate on Tuesday and heads to the House.

The measure provides for a $293 million or 5 percent increase in spending on education and government programs next year. 

Democrats and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez have been at odds over spending on the governor's education initiatives, including merit pay.

The Senate-passed budget adds extra money for the governor's school proposals and those provisions could face objections in the House.

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