New Mexico court to consider judicial pay dispute

Posted at: 06/11/2014 8:30 AM
By: BARRY MASSEY, Associated Press

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A group of judges and legislators wants New Mexico's highest court to order a judicial pay raise by overturning a veto by Gov. Susana Martinez.
The high court is to consider the dispute during a hearing Wednesday that will focus on the governor's power to veto spending items approved by the Legislature in the state budget.
The Legislature approved two provisions intended to provide judges an 8 percent pay increase starting in July.
Martinez vetoed one section that would have spelled out the higher salaries for judges. The governor left intact another budget provision that allocated part of the money needed for the raises.
Two Democratic legislators and a group representing judges contend the governor's partial veto was unconstitutional.
The governor's lawyer maintains Martinez properly rejected the 8 percent raise.

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