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New Mexico governor, Democrats meet over budget stalemate

May 19, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she's confident agreements will eventually be reached with Democrats as New Mexico looks to solve a budget crisis. The governor's office says Martinez met Friday with Democratic leadership from the House and Senate. They discussed restoring funding for higher education, but there appears to still be an impasse over taxes. The governor reiterated that she won't support any stand-alone tax hikes but that she's hopeful lawmakers will start talking about overall tax reform. Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth has said reform is supported by both sides of the aisle but that the state needs to raise new revenues to fund government services. Some of the pressure on elected leaders has eased now that state finance officials announced an uptick in tax revenues this week.