Monday morning briefing: Richardson wants input

Freedom New Mexico

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing.

Governor wants your opinion

Gov. Bill Richardson wants public input before deciding whether to sign, veto or partially veto bills aimed at addressing a $650 million budget shortfall.

The Associated Press reported lawmakers wrapped up a special session Friday and sent the bills to the governor. The package includes spending cuts of about $253 million this year in public schools, colleges and other government programs.

State agencies were trimmed by at least 2 percent, while the agencies directly under the governor took a much bigger hit at 7.6 percent.

The Legislature’s plan also requires the governor to eliminate 102 positions held by political appointees.

Here’s how to contact the governor’s office:

http://www.governor.state.nm.us/contact.php?mm=6