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New Mexico legislature reaches agreement on $6.3 billion budget

New Mexico legislature reaches agreement on $6.3 billion budget


TOMORROW. AND OUT OF THE ONE-THOUSAND PIECES OF LEGISLATION PROPOSED THIS YEAR, FEWER THAN 50 BILLS HAVE MADE IT TO THE GOVERNOR )S DESK. NEWS 13 )S MADELINE SCHMITT IS LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE IN SANTA FE TRACKING BILLS AS THE SESSION NEARS THE END. MADELINE. KIM, NEARLY ALL THE BILLS ON THE GOVERNOR )S DESK ARE BIPARTISAN AND MANY RELATE TO INFRASTRUCTURE. GOING INTO THE SESSION — BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, INCLUDING THE GOVERNOR, OUTLINED THEIR AGENDA. FOR REPUBLICANS, IT WAS ALL ABOUT CRACKING DOWN ON CRIME AND INCREASING PENALTIES FOR CRIMINALS. THAT INCLUDED AN ATTEMPT TO REINSTATE THE DEATH PENALTY AND EXPAND THREE STRIKES. BUT IN THE DEMOCRAT- CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE, THOSE BILLS HARDLY STOOD A CHANCE. MEANWHILE, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE RECEIVED PUSHBACK ON THEIR ATTEMPTS TO FUND THINGS LIKE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND PUBLIC SAFETY BY WAY OF USING PERMANENT FUNDS. THEN — THERE )S THE BUDGET — WHICH IS THE FOCUS OF THE SHORTER SESSION. REPRESENTATIVE PATTY LUNDSTROM — CHAIR OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE — SAYS THIS YEAR IS NOTHING LIKE THE STRESS OF LAST YEAR OVER THE BUDGET SHORTFALL AND SPENDING CUTS. …Rep. Patricia Lundstrom/D Gallup “13:11:47 This year we had new money that we could work with, we did a lot of backfilling of agencies and working with agencies to bring them back up to where they were. And I just feel real good about this year. It )s a whole different atmosphere. We actually came in smiling every day 13:12:01″… THE SENATE AND HOUSE JUST CAME TO AN AGREEMENT ON THE SIX POINT THREE BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET IN A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. THE HOUSE REJECTED THE SENATE )S BUDGET BILL LAST NIGHT, AFTER ISSUE OVER HOW MUCH MONEY WAS BEING PUT INTO ROAD FUNDING. MINUTES AGO, THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REACHED A COMPROMISE — OF 44 MILLION DOLLARS TOWARD STATE HIGHWAYS. BACK TO YOU. OKAY MADELINE. THE CONFERENCE ALSO AGREED ON PUTTING 55 MILLION DOLLARS BACK INTO SCHOOL CASH BALANCES, AFTER THE LEGISLATURE CUT FUNDING DURING LAST YEAR )S BUDGET CRISIS. A TAPROOM ON THE UNM

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