By Vik Jolly
The Associated Press
SANTA FE — The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a $6.2 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year that includes pay raises for new teachers and state police officers.
The House voted 42-25 Tuesday after three hours of debate. Five Democrats sided with 37 Republicans in the majority. The bill now moves to the Senate.
While most department budgets remain largely flat, the bill boosts spending for education, the state’s child welfare agency and tourism.