Martinez veto overturn sought on judges’ raises

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A group of New Mexico judges are seeking to overturn a veto by Gov. Susana Martinez that denied them an 8 percent raise.

The judges say they planned to file a lawsuit against Martinez in New Mexico State Supreme Court on Monday to reverse the governor’s line-item veto.

Martinez said last month she vetoed the proposed raise because she felt an 8 percent salary increase was too much. The Republican said she might have supported a 3 percent raise like all other state employees, but lawmakers didn’t give her that option.

Attorney Ray Vargas, who is representing the judges, says Martinez “ignored the system of checks and balances” when she vetoed the raises for judges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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