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Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014 9:30 pm

Some 10,300 past and present state employees will get extra cash this summer as the state of New Mexico begins forking over money owed as a result of a 5-year-old union contract dispute that spanned two administrations.

As the state Supreme Court ordered nearly a year ago, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration in July will start cutting checks for back pay — in some cases dating back to 2009. However, a news release from state Department of Finance and Administration said payments will be “subject to budget availability.”

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