State officials see no imminent cuts from slowdown

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By Associated Press


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — There's no looming rollback of programs administered by state government because of the continued federal shutdown, but lawmakers starting to work on next year's budget worry that New Mexico's economy could be weakened by a prolonged stalemate in the nation's capital.

State Budget Division Director Michael Marcelli said Friday there's no discussion within Gov. Susana Martinez's administration of possible furloughs of state workers whose jobs are funded with federal money.

"Paychecks are coming out next Friday for state workers, and everyone is getting paid even if you're on a federal grant," Marcelli said.

Federal money fully funds about 1,800 out of the state's total workforce of more than 22,000. Officials in the Department of Finance and Administration are trying to determine how many state workers are partially paid for by federal grants and when those dollars will run out.

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