New Mexico state agencies asked to cut budgets 10 percent
SANTA FE, New Mexico: With a budget deficit of roughly $400 million next year, Governor-elect Susana Martinez (R) has requested to state agencies that they trim their budgets by 10 percent for the next fiscal year.
Additionally, Martinez has asked for recommendations of low-priority programs that could be cut.
According to Danny Diaz spokesperson for Martinez, the governor "believes it is important that state government look for ways to become more efficient, and setting priorities is part of that process."
The New Mexico legislative session kicks off on January 18, 2011.
Earlier this year, the state cut the budget by 3.2 percent (roughly $151 million).