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martinez, lawmakers end session in bitter standoff over budget

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martinez, lawmakers end session in bitter standoff over budget

luke e. montavon / the new mexicangov. susana martinez addresses the news media at the capitol at the close of the 2017 legislative session, which ended at noon saturday.luke e. montavon / the new mexicansenate president pro tem mary kay papen delivers closing remarks saturday at the end of the 2017 legislative session.luke e. montavon / the new mexicansen. cliff pirtle, r-roswell, center, along with his wife and children, greets with sen. ron griggs, r-alamogordo, following the close of the 2017 legislative session on saturday at the state capitol.a legislative session that began 60 days ago with calls for bipartisanship to balance the state’s quavering budget ended saturday with bitterness, acrimony and a promise by gov. susana martinez to bring lawmakers back for a special session to craft a new budget without any tax increases.it would be the third year in a row that martinez has called lawmakers into a special session to address budget shortfalls and other financial issues, illustrating the continuing discord between the republican governor and democrats in the legislature. this session’s disharmony was particularly notable because it included skirmishes between the governor and some lawmakers of her own party.“many in the legislature failed to do their jobs this session,” martinez told reporters shortly after lawmakers adjourned. “they actually squandered 60 days and cowed to special interest groups. it was reckless and it was irresponsible, and now we are sta...