- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) - A three-day special session for the New Mexico Legislature cost taxpayers more than $68,000.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported (https://bit.ly/2qQGEjf ) Monday that the 70-member House of Representatives received $42,294 and the 42-member Senate received $26,212 in expense and mileage reimbursements for a trip last month to the New Mexico State Capitol.

Gov. Susana Martinez called legislators in after she vetoed the entire budgets for higher education and the bill to balance the operating budget with a menu of tax and fee increases.

Lawmakers met May 24-25 to adopt a new budget and then again on May 30 to sign the budget.

The special session was the second in eight months for the New Mexico lawmakers. A seven-day special session last fall cost about $264,400.

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