State house passes budget

Posted at: 02/19/2014 3:33 PM
Updated at: 02/19/2014 5:16 PM
By: Barry Massey, The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Legislature has wrapped up work on a must-do state budget proposal for financing public schools, colleges and government services next year.

A $6 billion budget measure passed the House on Wednesday on a 58-8 vote. The spending plan goes to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who's described it as a compromise with lawmakers.

The measure provides for a 5 percent increase in government spending next year, or $293 million.

Democrats and the governor have been at odds for much of the session over education spending, but the budget provides more than $30 million for initiatives backed by Martinez.

Still pending in the Legislature are two measures that would finance $400 million in capital improvement projects across New Mexico.

Lawmakers adjourn on Thursday.