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Gov. Richardson allocates stimulus funds to prop up state police

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By The Staff

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson is allocating $1 million in federal economic stimulus money for the state police to buy new cars and fuel.

The governor said Monday the $1 million will help offset budget cuts, which otherwise would have forced the state police to limit how many miles officers could drive each month.

Richardson said $250,000 will be used to buy 11 new state police cars and $750,000 will go for fuel.

The state police is a part of the Department of Public Safety, which has a budget of about $93 million in state money in the fiscal year that starts July 1.