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Mon January 6, 2014
Gov. Susana Martinez Proposes 3% Budget Increase
Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing a 3 percent spending increase on education and state government programs next year, but no across-the-board pay raise for public employees.
The Republican governor on Monday released the administration's budget recommendations for the upcoming legislative session. Martinez called for spending nearly $6.1 billion in the fiscal year starting in July, an increase of almost $179 million.
The governor proposed a smaller budget increase than the Legislative Finance Committee, which recommended a 4.3 percent or nearly $254 million spending increase.
Martinez recommended $14 million for targeted pay raises covering almost a third of the state workforce, including state police and prison correctional officers. The LFC has proposed a 1.5 percent pay raise for all state and school workers, with higher increases for many employees
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