Friday, January 20, 2012

Layoffs? What Layoffs?

Gov. Susana Martinez was quoted today by KOB TV talking about how she's done with the state budget.

 "The savings we accrued allowed us to balance a budget without laying off state employees, or no furloughs, no salary cuts and yet we balanced a budget without raising taxes," she said.

Well, that's true.

Unless you count 33 jobs at the Public Education Department
And 16 jobs at Expo New Mexico
And 11 at the Tourism Department.
And 11 others at the Economic Development Department, Regulation and Licensing Department, Commission on the Status of Women, State Land Office and Organic Commodity Commission.

But who's counting?

(In fairness, the state has hired back many of those laid off last year, albeit at lesser salaries.)