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Legislative proposal would hike elected officials' pay

The Associated Press
January 17, 2018 05:20 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A post-election salary hike of 10 percent is being contemplated for New Mexico's governor, attorney general, secretary of state and several other statewide elected officials.

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The Legislature's lead budget-writing committee this week endorsed the bill proposed to increase pay for seven statewide elected officials and members of the Public Regulation Commission come Jan. 1, 2019.

Democratic Sen. John Arthur Smith of Deming plans to introduce the bill and says compensation increases are overdue for the high-responsibility jobs. The Legislative Finance Committee is suggesting a 1.5 percent average salary increase for state workers.

Outgoing Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's salary is $110,000. Democratic Attorney General Hector Balderas earns $95,000. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver receives $85,000. Commissioners who regulate the state's investor-owned utilities earn $90,000.

However, Martinez is threatening to veto any bill that focuses on pay raises for politicians. Martinez spokeswoman Emilee Cantrell said in an email Wednesday that the outgoing governor opposes the proposed raises and wants to focus state spending on public school classrooms, employment programs and a crackdown on crime.

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