Regional
2:11 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Ex-finance Chief Says He Was Cut Out Of Decisions

Gov. Susana Martinez's former secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration says he was routinely cut out of important decisions on the state budget, excluded from meetings and endured a lack of communication from governor's office.

Rick May told the Santa Fe New Mexican that lawmakers would ask him during Martinez's first legislative session why he wasn't present during budget meetings.

May left the post in August 2011 to work as chief executive officer of the New Mexico Finance Authority, a quasi-public agency designed to help local governments secure low-interest bonds for major projects.

May was fired by the Finance Authority's board last year after the discovery that the agency's former controller had submitted a fake audit of the agency.

May never was accused of any wrongdoing.

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