New Mexico lawmakers rewrite budget with less money to spend

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SANTA FE (AP) – Legislative leaders in New Mexico’s House of Representatives are preserving pay increases for police and prison guards and trimming funding to higher education as they redraw next year’s state budget to offset falling revenue projections.

The House Appropriations and Finance Committee voted to move forward with $81 million in spending increases with no new taxes during the fiscal year starting in July.

That is a far cry from the roughly $230 million spending increase recommended two weeks ago by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

Gone from the newly drafted budget are base-salary increases for teachers recommended at the start of the legislative session.

Funding for state colleges and universities would be reduced by $3.4 million if the spending plan becomes law. 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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