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…
Martinez may eliminate domestic partner benefits for state employees
Susana Martinez is reviewing whether to keep benefits for domestic partners of state workers, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Wednesday. Martinez’s spokesman told the newspaper that the new administration is reviewing all of Richardson’s executive orders.
Richardson signed the executive order giving benefits to domestic partners in 2003. Martinez can eliminate executive orders made by Richardson without the approval of the state legislature.
“Any determination on domestic partner benefits for state workers would come at a later date,” Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell told the New Mexican in an e-mail on Tuesday.
Within hours of becoming governor, Martinez issued four executive orders, including one that would stop all pending and proposed regulations. This stopped the progress on the cap-and-trade program that the Environmental Improvement Board had approved on election day. Martinez later removed all members of the board, in part due to that policy.
During her election campaign Martinez opposed domestic partnerships.