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.