Martinez Caps Cabinet Salaries At $125,000

New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez says she won't pay her cabinet secretaries as much as her predecessor, Democrat Bill Richardson.

Martinez said Wednesday that no cabinet-level agency leader will earn more than $125,000 a year. Richardson paid various amounts to cabinet secretaries, but salaries were as high as $188,000.

Martinez, a Republican, said the total salaries of cabinet secretaries will be reduced by at least 10 percent from the Richardson administration. Each department secretary in the Martinez administration will be paid less than their counterpart in the Richardson administration.

Martinez said government should lead by example and trim spending as many families and small businesses have done because of an economic downturn.

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