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special session to start may 24, martinez proclaims

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special session to start may 24, martinez proclaims

heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.gov. susana martinez issued a formal declaration on friday that a special session of the legislature will begin may 24 to address the state’s budget standoff.the proclamation that formalized the special session came two days after martinez announced a budget “agreement” that lacked the agreement from house democrats or republicans and democrats in the senate.democratic legislative leaders responded to the news with yawns.“i remain very disappointed that the governor has not put forward any details of her proposal,” said house speaker brian egolf, d-santa fe. “until she shows the details to the people of the state and the legislature, it isn’t possible to know whether there can be an agreement.advertisement“the governor knows, because house and senate leadership have been clear from the beginning, that cuts to education, health care, behavioral health and important economic development initiatives will not be accepted during a special session,” egolf said.that’s partly because they’re still not seeing a plan from the governor to balance the budget for the fiscal year that begins july 1. the legislation the governor specified to be considered during the upcoming session — which includes using capital outlay money and legislative retirement funds to plug a budget hole and reform of the state’s gross receipts tax — doesn’t fully plug the hole.“the scarce details provided...