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Since June, 77 state workers have seen their jobs evaporate. Civil service jobs, which
are usually safe. Some news reports noted the governor’s earlier promises to not lay off state workers, she’s also said more often that state government is over-populated.
As a new fiscal year approached, with stripped-down budgets, it was time to make the hard decisions.
In September, Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson laid off 11 people, including seven of 17 staff members at New Mexico Magazine, and another 16 at Expo New Mexico, one-third of jobs at the State Fair.
Jacobson said the nation’s oldest state magazine had lost $1.4 million in the last two years and had already cut expenses. The magazine is an enterprise fund – a business within state government that’s supposed to pay its own way.
I’ve written previously that I thought Jacobson was a good choice for the post, but we should be asking some questions here.
The magazine’s new editor, from Florida, is making $92,000 a year, about twice as much as the highest-paid classified editing job at the magazine, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. This is in an industry that’s shed jobs.
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