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Education takes a hit in proposed budget

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Superintendent calls on community for support

By Carol A. Clark

In releasing the governor’s budget recommendation late Tuesday, a spokesman said with education making up most of the state’s budget, there is no way to avoid cutting school funding.

Gov. Bill Richardson is calling for a 3 percent cut across the board.

“This is entirely different from what he said during the special session. Yes — the schools will be affected but the Legislative Finance Committee is looking at maybe a 2 percent cut,” said Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-N.M., a longtime LFC member.

“Part of our problem in evaluating the budget is we still don’t know how much stimulus money we will be getting this year from the federal government. We also have no idea which tax bills will be passed by the legislature in the upcoming session,” Wallace said. “The third thing is that our revenues over the last several months are not coming in at the amount anticipated — we are losing money every month.”

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt, LAPS Business Manager John Wolfe and Human Resources Manager James Telles discussed the governor’s proposed budget in a meeting this morning and addressed the impact education funding cuts will have on the local community.


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