- Rashad Mahmood, Jeremy Zeilik, Associated Press
- Thursday May 11, 2017
A special session to attempt to resolve New Mexico’s budget crisis begins May 24th. Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed $2.9 billion of spending for the coming fiscal year, including funding for higher education and the Legislature.
The governor said in a veto message that the state’s Legislature, which is led by Democrats, has refused to bear its fair share of reductions in state spending.
In vetoing funding for state colleges and universities, Martinez chastised the state Senate for refusing to hold hearings on her nominations for regents.
The governor’s vetoes accounted for 16 percent of the $18.2 billion it takes to run the state. That includes the state’s general fund, land grant permanent fund, federal funding, and others.
The single largest veto was $790 million for the entire UNM system. Smaller vetoes included $20 million for the legislature, $18.5 million for student financial aid, and $15.2 million for the New Mexico School for the Blind.