Governor Martinez calls for special session

Gov. Susana Martinez
Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP)– New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she will call lawmakers back to the state capital to renegotiate a budget for the coming fiscal year because she objects to proposed increases in taxes and spending.

Martinez said Saturday at the conclusion of a 60-day legislative session that she will closely review a $6.1 billion spending bill from lawmakers and a companion legislation that would raises $350 million in new revenues before calling a special session of the Legislature.

She chided the Democrat-led Legislature for wasting time by approving tax increases and a minimum wage increase that she does not support.

The second-term Republican governor declined to say exactly when she might schedule the special session and warned the state was running low on cash reserves. She has until April 7 to act on legislation or see it automatically vetoed.