Martinez veto overturn sought on judges' raises

Created: 04/14/2014 11:06 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) - A group of New Mexico judges are seeking to overturn a veto by Gov. Susana Martinez that denied them an eight percent raise.
The judges say they planned to file a lawsuit against Martinez in New Mexico State Supreme Court on Monday to reverse the governor's line-item veto.
Martinez said last month she vetoed the proposed raise because she felt an eight percent salary increase was too much. The Republican said she might have supported a 3 percent raise like all other state employees but lawmakers didn't give her that option.
Attorney Ray Vargas, who is representing the judges, says Martinez "ignored the system of checks and balances" when she vetoed the raises for judges.

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