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Bigger budget cuts for state executive offices

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By Harold Morgon

A good number of state department executive offices took a larger percentage budget cut in this year’s legislative session than did the activity the office directs. This sends a good signal; the executives suffer more than the workers.
The insight, presented in the continuing quest for better understanding of what state government does, comes from the Legislative Finance Committee’s “2011 Post-Session Review.” See www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/lfc/lfcfiscal.aspx.
The “Reviews describe the actual budget enacted by the legislature and signed by the governor,” the LFC said. In the summary of plans for the state’s general fund for the coming budget year, the Public Education Department, whatever it does, is separate from what is called “public school support.”
The department is set to spend $10.7 million during the budget year, FY 12, beginning July 1. That’s a 23 percent drop from the nearly $14 million for FY 11. Public school support gets $2.4 billion, a 2.4 percent increase and by far the largest single activity, in dollar terms, of our state government. Total public school enrollment has been flat for the last five years.


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