The Latest: House vote blocks Senate budget changes

Feb 13, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $6.3 billion annual spending bill for New Mexico state government is in limbo after the House of Representatives rejected Senate amendments. The House voted Tuesday not to concur with an assortment of Senate amendments that provided greater pay increases to police, prison guards and Albuquerque-based prosecutors and more money for state universities. Leading House budget negotiators say the disagreement hinges on funding for road construction and maintenance. Democratic Rep. Patricia Lundstrom of Gallup says the House allocated $60 million toward roadwork as an engine for economic development and that Senate amendments would have reduced that to $34 million. The House and Senate are likely to resort to a conference committee to negotiate a compromise.