Report: Martinez Asks For 10% Budget Cuts

New Mexico – Republican Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has asked state agencies for proposals to cut "low priority" programs next year to save 10 percent in their budgets.

The Martinez transition team made the request last week in a directive to agencies, boards and commissions, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.

The proposals for cuts are to provide policy options for Martinez to use in preparing budget recommendations that will go the Legislature soon after she takes office next month.

New Mexico faces a budget shortfall potentially of more than $400 million next year. The state is spending more than $5 billion this year.

A spokesman for Martinez said Tuesday the cost-cutting suggested by agencies does not necessarily mean those programs will be eliminated.

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