Governor line-item vetoed big cuts to education

(KRQE/File Photo) middle school students in classroom - generic
(KRQE/File Photo) middle school students in classroom - generic

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The governor has signed off on $150 million in spending cuts approved by the legislature to shore up the budget. However, she line-item vetoed some cuts to education.

Under the plan approved by state lawmakers, incentive pay for top performing teachers would have been cut along with money to put social workers in middle schools and costs for advanced placement exams.

The governor took out that $22 million in cuts, saying it went too far.

State Democratic Senator Michael Padilla says the veto’s only exacerbate the financial crisis.

Most state agencies will have to cut 5.5-percent to help fill the budget shortage left by a drop in oil and gas prices and the struggling economy.

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