POJOAQUE — An attempt at light humor from Los Alamos National Laboratory Executive Director Richard Marquez fell on deaf ears during a community forum Monday to discuss the lab’s budget slashing efforts.
But one question from an attendee about how the lab’s cuts may affect the local economy set a dour tone for the night.
Northern New Mexico businesses face losing more than $30 million, or a third, of lab contracts, Marquez said.
And in addition to the highly publicized voluntary layoffs currently underway, the lab is also looking to cut $150 million in goods and services because of decreased revenue.
At some point, there will be more expenditures than the budget has coming in, Marquez said.