No tax deal as Legislature nears finish line

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By Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez have not reached a deal on possible tax cuts as lawmakers approach the finish line of the 60-day legislative session.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat, said Thursday that talks continue with the Martinez administration about proposals to reduce taxes to encourage economic development in the state.
“We’re still trying to work something out,” Smith said in an interview. “The problem is we’re running out of time.”
Lawmakers adjourn on Saturday.
Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said the governor wants lawmakers to “make job creation and education reform the priority” in the closing stretch of the legislative session.
“The notion that the Legislature does not have time to focus on efforts to help New Mexico small businesses grow and create more jobs is preposterous, given the types of legislation they are willing to stay late at night in order to pass,” Knell said a day after the Senate had worked until nearly midnight, including to approve a legislative rule to potentially shield the email of lawmakers from disclosure through requests for public records.

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