NM Budget Signed, Including PERA Reform
Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a nearly $5.9 billion state budget and agreed to a provision that will increase pay for state workers and educators for the first time since 2008.
The governor faced a Friday deadline for signing and vetoing bills passed by the Legislature.
Martinez also signed a measure to revamp the pension program for nearly 90,000 state and local government workers and retirees. Cost-of-living adjustments will be lowered under the new law.
As signed, the budget provides for 1 percent pay raises for state workers and educators and 4 percent for state police and motor transportation officers.
The governor used her line-item veto power to cut some spending items in the budget and a measure financing more than $200 million worth of capital improvements.
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