New Mexico state Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, right, leads a Senate debate on the state budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Santa Fe, N.M. He was joined by Legislative Finance Committee Director David Abbey, center, and Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, left The Democrat-led Legislature was finalizing provisions of a $6.3 billion budget plan for the coming fiscal year. GOP Gov. Susana Martinez has pushed greater funding to the criminal justice system and has the authority to veto portions or all of the annual budget bill.
New Mexico state Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, right, leads a Senate debate on the state budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Santa Fe, N.M. He was joined by Legislative Finance Committee Director David Abbey, center, and Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, left The Democrat-led Legislature was finalizing provisions of a $6.3 billion budget plan for the coming fiscal year. GOP Gov. Susana Martinez has pushed greater funding to the criminal justice system and has the authority to veto portions or all of the annual budget bill. Morgan Lee AP Photo
New Mexico state Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, right, leads a Senate debate on the state budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Santa Fe, N.M. He was joined by Legislative Finance Committee Director David Abbey, center, and Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, left The Democrat-led Legislature was finalizing provisions of a $6.3 billion budget plan for the coming fiscal year. GOP Gov. Susana Martinez has pushed greater funding to the criminal justice system and has the authority to veto portions or all of the annual budget bill. Morgan Lee AP Photo

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