- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Thousands of current and past New Mexico state government workers are due to receive payments this summer for back wages in a union contract dispute with the state.

The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://ow.ly/w1UjO ) reports that the state Department of Finance and Administration says it will start cutting checks for back pay in July. However, the department cautions that the payments to 10,300 past and current employees are subject to what it calls “budget availability.”

The department also says 5,700 current employees will receive a corrected hourly pay rate beginning in June.

Department spokesman Tim Korte says the payments will cost taxpayers more than $30 million but that the Legislature only appropriated $2.7 million. Korte says agencies are figuring out how to come up with the rest of the money.