From a news release sent out to us media types Wednesday afternoon:
Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced significant cuts to cabinet members’ salaries. According to Martinez:
- Each cabinet secretary will earn a lower salary than his or her predecessor
- Cumulative salaries for New Mexico cabinet secretaries will be cut by at least ten percent over the previous administration
- No cabinet secretary will earn higher than $125,000 per year. During the previous administration, cabinet secretaries earned as high as $188,158 per year.
The announcement is part of the Governor’s ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility through cutting government spending and closing the state’s budget deficit.
“Families and small businesses across New Mexico are being forced to balance their budgets and cut back on their spending,” said Martinez. “It’s time for government to do the same and my cabinet will be leading by example.”