I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Gov.-elect Susana Martinez may cut education, Medicaid with larger-than-expected budget gap
Gov.-elect Susana Martinez promised not to cut education or Medicaid funding in her campaign, but given that New Mexico’s budget deficit has grown from $260 million in July to $450 million, she is changing her language, reports Heath Hasmussen:
Martinez said repeatedly on the campaign trail that she opposed any cuts to education and Medicaid. But at a news conference on Friday, she instead talked about protecting “classroom spending” and “basic health care for those most in need.”
“Closing what we learned yesterday to be a half-billion dollar deficit is going to be a challenge,” Martinez said at the news conference. “During the campaign, we had deficit estimates that started around $80 million. Suddenly, we’re now at half a billion.”
“…In tackling that challenge, we must protect critical government services, such as classroom spending and basic health care for those most in need,” she said.