Almost half of that new spending--$101 million -- will go to fund public schools.
BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI
Gov. Susan Martinez on Tuesday unveiled a proposed $6.46 billion state budget for the coming fiscal year that includes $228 million, or 3.7 percent, new spending.
Almost half of that new spending–$101 million — will go to fund public schools.
Another $69 million would go to Medicaid to support the program’s growing rolls, which now top 830,000.
The additional school funding would boost the starting pay of public school teachers by $2,000 a year to $36,000.
Traditionally, a governor’s proposed budget is a starting point for a negotiation with the Legislature.
Martinez said her budget represented her three top priorities: public safety, public education and economic development. She added that her proposed spending increase could be revised downward as oil prices continue to fall.
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