N.M. governor vetoes money for legislative projects

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Legislature didn't escape the veto pen of Gov. Susana Martinez.

The Republican governor last week vetoed several spending items for the Legislature in a state budget bill.

Martinez rejected $750,000 for the Legislative Finance Committee and Legislative Council Service for consulting and monitoring of her administration's efforts to upgrade a computerized accounting system and balance the state's checkbook.

The governor also eliminated $50,000 for budget committees to start meeting next January shortly before the Legislature is to convene for a 30-day session. Traditionally, legislators start work on the budget about a week before the session begins.

The Legislature's cash balances would have covered the proposed spending.

In a separate bill, Martinez vetoed $185,000 lawmakers earmarked for a solar array to provide electricity for the Capitol complex.

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