Saturday, October 31, 2009

Budget show: cheap chills


The New Mexican
Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009
- 10/3

"By comparison, the cuts being considered by Secretary Joanna Prukop of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department sound benign — but they're not:

The highly professional Prukop went, service by service, through her domain, figuring out which job vacancies she could least afford to hold open. Many were in law-enforcement at our state parks — a chilling prospect, which might include closed parks.

Besides considering furloughs for scores of employees, she's taking a hard look at 11 job vacancies in the environmentally crucial oil-conservation office. That could mean a two-thirds reduction in field inspections; intervals during which lots of groundwater lies at risk.

Felizmente, Prukop has listed other budget-cutting possibilities that are at least a little less dire.

It's the same scene around state government — which, for all the criticism it gets, performs vast amounts of service" More>>>>

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