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Governor's budget proposal includes $500 million more for public education

Joshua Panas
January 10, 2019 06:20 PM

SANTA FE, N.M.- Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham released her first budget proposal Thursday.

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It calls for a 13 percent increase in spending.

The budget includes $500 million in additional funding for public education. Part of that money would be used to give teachers, principals and education personnel a six percent raise, with no education personnel making less than $12 dollars an hour.

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) would also see a $36.5 million increase in its budget, including $4 million to provide more than 100 new protective services positions.

In addition, state workers would get a two-four percent raise under the governor's budget. The minimum wage for state employees would also be raised to $12 an hour.

Republicans have been going over the governor's proposal.

Senator Steven Neville took issue with the governor's request to use one-time funds to repay the state's film rebate backlog, which he says is about 250 million dollars.

"She had to trade out some of the roads projects and capital outlay projects that we proposed to use some of the surplus for,” he said. “So I'm not sure that's going to be received up here because we rely on some of those dollars for capital and roads and things like that. I'm sure areas outside of Santa Fe and Albuquerque are going to be a little concerned about that particular decision."

The budget will need to be approved by legislators. The 2019 legislative session begins Jan. 15.

Read the governor's full budget proposal

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