Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Johnson Seeks 7% Boost In State Budget.(New Mexico)

Byline: David Miles Journal Capitol Bureau

Teacher Pay Raises Smaller in Plan

SANTA FE Gov. Gary Johnson released a budget proposal Wednesday that includes smaller pay raises for teachers and other state employees than legislators have recommended.

Johnson's budget for the 2002 fiscal year, which begins July 1, amounts to nearly $3.8 billion in spending from the state's general fund.

That's an increase of about $250 million, or roughly 7 percent, over the current fiscal year.

The Legislative Finance Committee last week recommended a 2002 spending increase of $325.8 million, or 9.3 percent, over the current fiscal year.

The committee called for an 8 percent pay raise for teachers in public schools and a 7 percent raise for other state workers in its general fund budget proposal. …

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