ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state Board of Finance has approved $26 million as a safety net if New Mexico loses a dispute with the federal government over special education funding.
On Tuesday, the board agreed to a transfer the money from this year’s budget accounts.
The legislature provided the money as part of a contingency plan for an ongoing fight over whether New Mexico met requirements for federal aid since 2010.
Federal officials contend New Mexico has improperly trimmed state funding for special education.
The state disagrees.
Up to $18 million could be needed if the federal government rules against the state for this year’s budget.