More Budget Cuts Coming
New Mexico – Gov. Bill Richardson's administration says nearly all parts of New Mexico's government, including public schools, will be affected by proposed cuts to help with a more than $200 million budget shortfall.
Medicaid and some services to the developmentally disabled would be spared the administration's proposed round of about 3 percent cuts that will start in September.
State Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Katherine Miller says about $150 million must be cut from this year's nearly $5.4 billion budget. The state Board of Finance must approve the cuts.
She says it's unclear whether workers will be asked to take more furlough days on top of the five required because of budget reductions last year. She says layoffs, "would be the last alternative."
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