Monday morning briefing: Richardson wants input

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing

Governor wants your opinion

Gov. Bill Richardson wants public input before deciding whether to sign, veto or partially veto bills aimed at addressing a $650 million budget shortfall

The Associated Press reported lawmakers wrapped up a special session Friday and sent the bills to the governor. The package includes spending cuts of about $253 million this year in public schools, colleges and other government programs

State agencies were trimmed by at least 2 percent, while the agencies directly under the governor took a much bigger hit at 7.6 percent

The Legislature’s plan also requires the governor to eliminate 102 positions held by political appointees

Here’s how to contact the governor’s office:

http://www.governor.state.nm.us/contact.php?mm=6