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Lawmakers tackle crime as New Mexico state finances improve

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Lawmakers walk the halls and and attend committee meetings at the New Mexico state Capitol building on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Santa Fe, N.M. Criminal justice initiatives and state spending increases for public education, law enforcement, Medicaid and economic development are at the top of the agenda at the Legislature prepares for a 30-day session beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez are preparing to boost spending on public schools, early childhood education programs and law enforcement as state government climbs out of a financial crisis linked to fluctuations in energy markets.