Martinez veto overturn sought on judges’ raises


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.

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