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Senate OKs hiking tax on gas, car sales : Showdown appears likely as governor sticks to pledge to veto any increase

Mar 3, 2017 - Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)

SANTA FE - With 16 days left in this year's legislative session, a budget showdown between Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democratic-controlled Legislature appears headed for crunch time.

Despite the governor's looming veto threat, the Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would raise taxes on New Mexico gasoline, diesel and vehicle sales, and use the estimated $183 million in additional revenue to bolster cash reserves and repair roads statewide.

Senators voted 29-13 to approve t

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