Wed. Jun 12th, 2024

LAWMAKERS SEND $7 BILLION BUDGET BILL TO GOV

SANTA FE (KSMX ) – The 2019 Legislative Session ended Saturday, with lawmakers pushing a $7 billion spending plan to the Gov for approval. Included in the spending is hikes for low-income students, teacher pay and infrastructure. The bill received many objections from Republican lawmakers as the bill includes raised sales, income and investment-related taxes, while offering a larger family tax credit. Senator Cliff Pirtle of Roswell is one of 15 Republican Senators who voted against raising taxes despite the state starting the session with a billion-dollar surplus. A general fund budget for the fiscal year starting in July, would increase annual spending on public education by 16 percent.

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