Senate OKs Budget With State Worker Pay Raise

Mar 13, 2013

Lawmakers are close to wrapping up work on a nearly $5.9 billion spending plan to finance state government and public education next year, but Gov. Susana Martinez is threatening to veto the budget.

The budget would provide state workers and educators with their first across-the-board pay increase since 2008, when the state's economy nosedived and lawmakers had to cut spending to avoid a deficit.

The Senate unanimously approved the proposal on Tuesday with little debate, and the measure would go to the Republican governor if the House agrees to it. The House passed its version of the budget last month and the Senate added provisions that increased spending by $6.5 million.