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Supreme Court Won’t Touch Gov. Martinez’s Vetoes

Supreme Court Won’t Touch Gov. Martinez’s Vetoes

The Supreme Court denied a request by state lawmakers to overturn the governor's legislative vetoes.

Gov. Susana Martinez and the state Legislature will have to settle their budget differences between themselves and without the help of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court on Thursday denied a request by Democratic state legislators to overturn Martinez’s massive budget vetoes, saying in a two-page order that the dispute is not yet “ripe for review.”

In its order, the court noted that Martinez has called for a special legislative session to begin on May 24.

In April, Martinez vetoed nearly $800 million from next year’s state budget. Those vetoes included the total elimination of the budget for the state’s universities and colleges. Martinez also vetoed $350 million in tax increases that the Legislature had proposed.

The Supreme Court had scheduled oral arguments in the case for May 15, but with Thursday order, those arguments are now canceled.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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