New Mexico Democrats boost school spending, shun marijuanaPosted by On

House and Senate legislators broke through a stalemate Friday on plans to increase annual general fund spending by $700 million that would go mostly toward public education, as the state Senate approved a package of tax increases on car and internet sales that offers a larger credit to families with children.

Two successive annual budget surpluses in excess of $1 billion are allowing the Legislature to plot a major economic stimulus package and respond to a judge’s order to boost resources to public education.

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