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New Mexico Legislature seeks greater spending amid pandemic

Added 01-12-21 06:03:02pm EST - “New Mexico's state government would increase general fund spending by 4% and devote new resources to health care and public education amid the coronavirus pandemic, under a detailed budget proposal announced by leading state legislators…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “New Mexico Legislature seeks greater spending amid pandemic”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s state government would increase general fund spending by 4% and devote new resources to health care and public education amid the coronavirus pandemic, under a detailed budget proposal announced by leading state legislators on Tuesday.

The spending plan for the fiscal year starting on July 1, 2021, avoids spending cuts to state agencies as direct federal relief to state government tapers off.

The plan also includes a cost-of-living pay increase for state workers and public school employees - with an extra salary bump for the state’s health and social services workers battling the pandemic.

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“We avoided any type of draconian budget cut,” Democratic state Rep. Javier Martínez of Albuquerque said of the spending recommendations. “Our reserves are healthy. We are reinvesting in some of the most critical areas, whether it’s education, health care, infrastructure.”

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