The Latest: New Mexico gov. opposes pay hike for politicians
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on pay raise proposals for elected officials in New Mexico (all times local):
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is threatening to veto any bill that focuses on pay raises for politicians.
Lawmakers on the state’s lead budget writing committee are recommending a post-election salary increase of 10 percent for statewide elected officials including the governor, attorney general and secretary of state.
Martinez spokeswoman Emilee Cantrell said in an email Wednesday that the outgoing governor opposes the proposed raises and wants to focus state spending on public school classrooms, employment programs and a crackdown on crime.
Raises under the legislative proposal would take effect on Jan. 1, 2019 — after fall general elections for governor and several statewide offices. It would be the first salary increase for those offices since 2002. Martinez cannot run for re-election this year.
A post-election salary hike of 10 percent is being contemplated for New Mexico’s governor, attorney general, secretary of state and several other statewide elected officials.
The Legislature’s lead budget writing committee this week endorsed the bill proposal to increase pay for seven statewide elected officials and members of the Public Regulation Commission come Jan. 1, 2019.
Democratic Sen. John Arthur Smith of Deming plans to introduce the bill and says compensation increases are overdue for the high-responsibility jobs.
The Legislative Finance Committee is suggesting a 1.5 percent average salary increase for state workers.
Outgoing Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s salary is $110,000. Democratic Attorney General Hector Balderas earns $95,000. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver receives $85,000.
Commissioners who regulate the state’s investor-owned utilities earn $90,000.