Updated: 02/19/2014 5:16 PM |
Created: 02/19/2014 3:33 PM
By: Barry Massey, The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Legislature has wrapped up work on a must-do state budget proposal for financing public schools, colleges and government services next year.
A $6 billion budget measure passed the House on Wednesday on a 58-8 vote. The spending plan goes to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who's described it as a compromise with lawmakers.
The measure provides for a 5 percent increase in government spending next year, or $293 million.
Democrats and the governor have been at odds for much of the session over education spending, but the budget provides more than $30 million for initiatives backed by Martinez.
Still pending in the Legislature are two measures that would finance $400 million in capital improvement projects across New Mexico.
Lawmakers adjourn on Thursday.