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New Mexico Democrats dismissing idea of state shut down

New Mexico Democrats dismissing idea of state shut down

The Associated Press
March 20, 2017 07:12 AM

New Mexico Democratic state senators are dismissing predictions by Gov. Susana Martinez that the state is facing a possible government shutdown next month.

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Sen. John Arthur Smith said Saturday the Republican governor has plenty of money to "limp along" until this summer and urged her to sign the Legislature's budget sent to her this week.

The Deming Democrat and chair of the Senate Finance Committee says he previously had warned the governor and other lawmakers the state faced a looming budget crisis with declining oil revenues.

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. Her office says if lawmakers don't agree to her terms for more spending cuts, state museums will begin to close.

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