ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The 2014 legislative session has officially begun in santa fe.
Governor Susana Martinez is expected to address lawmakers in about an hour to kick off a 30-day session meant to be focused on the budget. A number of big issues, which could go before voters, are also expected to be hot topics.
Last year a session that looked hopelessly gridlocked was saved by a big last-second compromise.
This year there are plenty of differences dividing the governor’s office and democratic leaders.
One of the biggest differences right now is on pay raises and education reform.
The governor wants to funnel more money to the PED for things like merit pay for teachers and boosting reading programs.
Legislators are looking to shift funding back into the districts instead.
When it comes to pay raises for state workers, some democrats are looking for across the board hikes. The governor wants targeted raises for some but not all.
Constitutional amendment proposals are also set to draw a lot of attention.
Republican bill sharer is looking for voters to define marriage between a man and a woman.
Democratic Party Chair Sam Bregman is pushing for a ten dollar an hour minimum wage and funding for pre-K.
There’s also a push to ask voters to legalize marijuana in New Mexico.
The governor’s set to address lawmakers here at around 1 o’clock.
Last week’s Roswell school shooting is expected to be a significant part of the governor’s speech.
John masterson, the teacher who stopped accused shooter mason Campbell at Berrendo middle School, will be one of the governor’s guests on the house floor.