Policymakers avoided resolving a standoff over budget cuts and tax hikes this week by covering New Mexico’s fiscal woes with a Band-Aid.
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If a new statement from Gov. Susana Martinez is any indication, policymakers who’ve been in a standoff over the state budget for months may have found a path forward.
Lawmakers are leaving themselves an opportunity to come back next week and respond to possible vetoes or other action by the governor.
The likely scenario would leave the state with essentially no money in reserves for the new fiscal year, at best. And then the question would be what Gov. Susana Martinez does.
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