- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Republicans in the New Mexico state Senate are sticking with their current leadership team when the Legislature reconvenes in January.

GOP lawmakers on Monday reappointed Stuart Ingle as senate minority leader, a role he has performed since 2001. Sen. William Payne of Albuquerque will continue as minority whip. Steve Neville of Farmington is minority caucus chair.

Democrats in November retook majority control of the House of Representatives and extended their Senate majority. Democrats will outnumber Republicans 26-16 in the Senate and 38-32 in the House.

Ingle said Senate Republicans are open to considering a wide array of proposals for resolving New Mexico’s state budget crisis. He expects the Senate will discuss solvency measures including proposals to reduce tax incentives and increase to the state gasoline tax.

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