Dozens of bills awaiting governor’s signature

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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:11 am, Thu Apr 4, 2013.

With a Friday deadline looming for her to act on legislation passed by the 2013 Legislature, Gov. Susana Martinez still has scores of bills on her desk, including the budget bill (which includes a 1 percent pay raise for state workers), a bill aimed at closing the deficit in the state employee pension system and a capital outlay bill that contains millions of dollars worth of projects.

Martinez also has yet to act on the big tax bill, passed in the final seconds of the legislative session, which includes a 22 percent tax cut for corporations — though she has said that she will sign it.

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  • kikimtz posted at 2:07 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    kikimtz Posts: 20

    I don't understand how Gov. Martinez expects a 1% pay raise after 5 years of no raises to help state employees at all. With employees constantly facing increaes to PERA and insurances they have actually been hit with cuts in pay for the last 5 years when you do the math. She was once a state employee herself and probably had a pretty decent income coming in and now has an income of over $100 grand a year - she definitely seems to be forgetting the "lttle people". There are many state employees who have been forgotten amongst the polictical favors, cliques and other means that certain state employees manage to get nice pay raises through - in spite of constant claims that "there's no money in the budget". An audit should be conducted to see which state employees have received raises in the last 5 years and what percentage those raises were. Those employees should be excluded from receiving any current pay raise and the employees who haven't received a raise in the last 5 years should be getting way more than 1% to be brought up to date of inflation on all counts. Come on Gov. Martinez - show some support for the little guys just trying to survive!!

  • Pam Walker posted at 7:59 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    lilbit Posts: 106

    I will never understand why we can fund gyms and renovations when we can't fund retirement accounts. The annual COLA doesn't even cover the raise in healthcare costs and now you are reducing that even farther. We have worked all our lives and are now to old to be hired by anyone. What are we supposed to do with our checks not keeping up with the raise in everything else. Its not like we made huge amounts of money when we worked for the state.


Off the floor

Demonstrations, booths, and informational sessions fill the halls of the capitol building almost daily. 

Mar. 2 — Albuquerque NOW (National Organization for Women), celebrate Women's History and equal rights, Rotunda, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Mar. 4 — Charter School Day at the Legislature Rotunda, Press Conference 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Halls of History, Westside 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Mar. 6 — Asian American & International District Day, Rotunda, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Mar. 21 — Session ends at noon

Session dates - 2015

• December 15, 2014 - January 16 Legislation may be prefiled

• January 20 Opening day (noon)

• February 19 Deadline for introduction

• March 21 Session ends (noon)

• April 10 Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed

• June 19 Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date

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