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Martinez Sets Special Session For May 24

Martinez Sets Special Session For May 24

Martinez wants lawmakers to deal with nine issues, including an effort to reform the state's gross receipts tax system and eliminate many of its exemptions.

Gov. Susana Martinez has called for a special session of the state Legislature to begin at noon on May 24.

In a proclamation issued Friday, Martinez said she wants lawmakers to deal with nine issues, including an effort to reform the state’s gross receipts tax system and eliminate many of its exemptions.

Martinez has been locked in a battle with Democratic lawmakers after she vetoed nearly $800 million from next year’s proposed budget, and a bill that would have raised $350 million in new taxes.

Martinez’s vetoes defunded the state’s entire university system, as well as the legislative branch of state government.

Democratic lawmakers have sued Martinez over the vetoes, and the New Mexico Supreme Court will hold a hearing on the lawsuit on May 15.

Martinez also said that during the special session, she wants the state Senate to hold hearings her appointments to the boards of regents of several universities.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.
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  • Jason Krosinsky
    May 6, 2017, 7:46 am

    What took her so long to call the special session? She was too busy playing politics and strong arming GOP House members to keep them from overriding her evil vetoes. She has been getting a free pass from the local media for too long! Time to call her on her lies.

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