N.M. Legislature enters final stretch to adjournment

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Legislature is scrambling to wrap up work on a state budget and capital improvement financing package as the 30-day session nears an end.

Lawmakers adjourn at noon Thursday.

As the Legislature entered its final stretch on Wednesday, a $6 billion budget billion was pending in the House along with two measures that would finance $400 million in capital improvement projects across New Mexico.

Also unresolved is a plan to require counties to contribute $26 million a year to a program helping mostly rural hospitals cover health care for poor New Mexicans.

The Senate approved the budget bill on Tuesday. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has described it as a compromise, potentially signaling that lawmakers can avoid a special session if the spending measure is approved.

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