Susana Martinez ... Gov. of New Mexico
Some of you might remember Susana from the Repub Convention. I was impressed with her then. Is there something NOT to like about this Governor? Am I missing something?
She came into office thinking she had to face a $250 million deficit in the state budget, but the leaving Gov had been stonewalling. The deficit was actually $450 million, she discovered on the day after election. (about 8% of the total $5.6 billion state budget)
How did she handle that? She starting cutting expenses. Where did she start? With appointees! Those employees who are NOT in civil service jobs ... like the employees who report directly to the Gov. The previous Gov exited with 340 of them. Susana has cut that down to 212. She got rid of the two chefs at the Gov's residence. She sold the jet the previous Gov had purchased; as well as four other planes. She limited cabinet secretary positions to a salary of $125,000; and put a 2-year moratorium on the purchase of brand new cars. Meanwhile, she increased spending for education and Medicaid, with no new taxes ... and ended up with a surplus. And she did this with a Democratic house & senate.
Sure could use some of this common sense in DC.