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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 12:14 pm | Updated: 8:42 pm, Fri Apr 5, 2013.

New Mexico’s state workers and educators are in line for their first across-the-board pay increase in four years under a nearly $5.9 billion state budget signed into law Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Despite some speculation that Martinez might line-item veto that part of the budget — she originally called for no pay raises — she left intact provisions that allocate about $33 million for 1 percent salary increases for public employees, including school workers, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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3 comments:

  • Brian Woods posted at 4:33 am on Mon, Apr 8, 2013.

    Brian Woods Posts: 7

    1% sinse 2007, and 1.5 % in 2006 and 0% in 2006, where CPI has been on the order of 3% each year. This is a financial train wreck for the largest sector of the NM economy. Public employees have bailed out the state's financial problems to the tune of a billion dollars over the years, including the beginning, middle and yet-to-be-seen end of the Great Ression, now on another nose dive, thanks to Republicans every where, but especially in the House or Representitives. The public sector makes NM work, yet J A Smith and the Gov. seem to think the corportaion will swoop in and save the day, when in reality no corporation is interested in a tanking state economy, where no-one can afford to buy, purchase, any of their goods, much less invest in their future. No one is coming to the stink hole of NM economy except maybe a few 1%ers to take thier 20 minute ride into space while the rest of the economy implodes, what a sight to see from space!

     
  • henry griswold posted at 10:39 am on Sat, Apr 6, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 218

    1% raise in four yrs for workers, while an auto 3.5%/yr has benefitted retirees. now retirees get 2.5%/yr auto. most retirees don't have kids to raise, mortgage is paid off or close to it & don't need a new car as often. most workers just the opposite!
    these numbers should be turned around!!!!!!!!!

     
  • ChristineMtz posted at 7:48 am on Sat, Apr 6, 2013.

    ChristineMtz Posts: 54

    Gosh, those state employees should be thrilled! Their insurance deductible went from $150/person to $350/person (in addition to the co-insurance Bill Bills Administration approoved in exchange for campaign funding for his presidential run). Family of five will pay $1,750 before they get one medical cost paid!

    Additionally, they get to pay 1.5% more into PERA to shore up the fund that Big Bills cronies crushed! On top of doing two and three jobs due to the vacancies and cuts, they will get a 1% increase for carrying it all on their backs!

    Can they at least get a backback that says, "I carry the State of New Mexico on my back?"[sad]

     

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