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Governor gets efficiency advice

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Recommendations aimed at saving taxpayer money

By Special to the Monitor

ALBUQUERQUE ­— New recommendations aimed at saving taxpayer money and making New Mexico’s government more efficient call for merging some state departments, doing away with more than a dozen boards and commissions and changing the public school funding formula.

A committee on government efficiency submitted recommendations to Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday. He appointed the committee last month with the goal of finding ways to streamline state government.

The committee did not undertake an in-depth analysis of an overall government restructuring but identified $129 million in potential savings by considering what it called “low-hanging fruit,” or changes that would be relatively easy to make.

Richardson said the recommendations make sense as New Mexico looks for ways to limit spending and trim bureaucracy.

“I am ready to pursue many of these ideas immediately during the upcoming legislative session and by executive order,” the governor said in a statement Thursday.

The recommendations include merging the Public Education Department with the Higher Education Department and joining the Homeland Security Department with the Department of Public Safety.


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