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New Mexico governor, Democrats meet over budget stalemate

The Associated Press and KOB.com Web Staff
May 19, 2017 06:21 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she's confident agreements will eventually be reached with Democrats as New Mexico looks to solve a budget crisis.

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The governor's office says Martinez met Friday with Democratic leadership from the House and Senate in advance of next week's special session.

"The governor had a productive meeting with Democrat leadership this morning," said Mike Lonergan, a spokesperson for Martinez. "The governor is confident that there will ultimately be agreement on funding measures, including funding for higher education."

They discussed restoring funding for higher education, but there appears to still be an impasse over taxes.

Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth has said reform is supported by both sides of the aisle but that the state needs to raise new revenues to fund government services.

Some of the pressure on elected leaders has eased now that state finance officials announced an uptick in tax revenues this week.

Martinez has called state lawmakers back for a special session to try to sort out the fiscal crisis in the state. Martinez ordered lawmakers to return to the Capitol May 24 at noon. 

"The governor reiterated that she will not support standalone tax increases, but is hopeful that we will be able to find a bipartisan path forward on tax reform," Lonergan said.

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