Martinez reacts to budget gap

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By Carol A. Clark

During a laboratory tour Friday, Governor-elect Susana Martinez was still reeling from Thursday’s new estimate that the state’s fiscal-year budget deficit is closer to $450 million rather than the $260 million originally reported.
Martinez minced few words about having to deal with a nearly 75 percent higher deficit than she was led to believe. She accused Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration of not being honest with New Mexicans about the budget crisis.
“We have asked for documentation in reference to that information and we hope to get that soon, unfortunately, I don’t think this administration has actually been forthcoming not only to the transition team but also to the legislature who needs to make the tough decisions, and if they’re not getting the proper information then they can’t figure out where to make the cuts,” Martinez said.
Martinez and her transition chairperson, former Rep. Heather Wilson, toured Los Alamos National Laboratory Friday morning and made her feelings clear during a press conference at the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB) Atrium.
“I’m frustrated, I think it’s very frustrating and it’s frustrating to New Mexicans not to know the depth of the deficit of our state government,” she said.

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