Uncertainty over budget provision on teacher pay

Posted at: 02/21/2014 3:53 PM
By: Barry Massey, The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Teachers are in line for a $2,000 base salary increase under a $6 billion spending plan approved by the Legislature, but there's uncertainty over the raise because Gov. Susana Martinez could veto a budget provision for making sure local districts implement the higher pay.

An educational union leader said Friday he hoped Martinez will accept the Legislature's teacher pay directive.

Martinez indicated after the Legislature adjourned Thursday that she'll sign the budget but may use her line-item veto powers to cut spending or eliminate directives to administration agencies. No decisions have been made, however.

The governor vetoed budget language last year that's similar to what the Democratic-controlled Legislature included this session on pay raises for educators.

Lawmakers approved about $70 million for public school compensation in the latest budget proposal.

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