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Governor again vetoes emergency funds for courts : Chief justice says judicial system's shortfall is a 'constitutional crisis'

Feb 03, 2017 - Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)

SANTA FE - Gov. Susana Martinez touched off a political donnybrook Thursday by using her line-item veto authority to ax $800,000 in emergency funds for the New Mexico court system - for the second time in a week - from a bill covering legislative session expenses.

The governor signed off on the rest of the measure, House Bill 1, which appropriates $8.6 million to cover expenses of the 60-day legislative session that began last month. That means the roughly 450 session employees will likely...