Committee Proposes Cut In Worker Take Home Pay

New Mexico – A legislative committee is proposing a $5.4 billion budget that will cut state spending by an average of more than 3 percent next year.

The Legislative Finance Committee released spending recommendations Friday that provide for balancing next year's state budget without a tax increase.

The committee's plan will serve as a budget debate starting point for the Legislature when it convenes on Jan. 18.

The committee calls for the government to reduce payments into public pensions by nearly $50 million. Government employees would make that up by contributing an extra 1.75 percent of their salaries. That means a drop in take-home pay averaging about 1.4 percent for a single worker earning about $41,000 a year.

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