Martinez Approves Spending, But Is Disappointed With Legislature

New Mexico – Republican Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill providing nearly $25 million for operations of the Legislature, but said she's disappointed with the spending approved by lawmakers.

Martinez said Thursday that she signed the so-called feed bill to demonstrate her desire to work cooperatively with the Democratic-controlled Legislature. However, the governor said she would have liked to have seen more fiscal restraint by the Legislature.

The governor made her comments in a written message to lawmakers.

House Speaker Ben Lujan took issue with the governor's criticisms, saying that lawmakers have tried to hold down spending.

The bill allocates more than $8 million for the 60-day legislative session and more than $16 million for year-round operations of the Legislature, including money for redistricting consultants.

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