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Wed March 13, 2013
Budget Sent To Martinez Amid Veto Threat
The Democratic-controlled Legislature is sending a $5.9 billion state budget proposal to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez despite her threat to veto it.
The House voted 37-33 on Wednesday to give final approval to the budget by agreeing to a Senate-passed version of the measure.
The governor is particularly unhappy that lawmakers didn't fund a proposed pilot program of merit pay for high-performing teachers. Martinez also wants Democrats to approve business tax cuts she's proposed.
The House had provided $3 million for merit pay for teachers, but the Senate-passed budget earmarked $2 million for stipends for experienced teachers agreeing to move to a struggling school.
The Legislature ends on Saturday. If the budget is vetoed and there's no government financing deal, a special legislative session could be required later this year.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.