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From year to year, the broad pattern of state government activity changes relatively little. No doubt this inertia results from the state being constitutionally prohibited from borrowing the money that would allow for large changes, such as massive health programs, or wars.
Of the state’s businesses, education is the largest with 42.5 percent of the $5.9 billion budget for the year starting July 1 going to public schools and another 13.5 percent for higher education. That makes education the place to start reviewing the policy actions of this year’s legislative session.
In the “Highlights 2013” publication, the Legislative Council Service says about 40 of the 298 bills that passed “could be loosely classified as public and higher education bills.” One definition of the continuing education debate comes from Governor Susana Martinez vetoing 22 of the bills reaching her desk — more than half.
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