To save about $1 million and help with the state's half billion budget crunch this year, Gov. Bill Richardson announced Thursday evening that about 470 exempt employees will take two percent salary cuts beginning in March. The announcement came as lawmakers increasingly were taking aim at the positions.
The so-called gov-exes are people appointed by Richardson, often political supporters and contributors. Those exempt positions are different from the classified workers who make up most of state government.
Richardson's announcement also came as a fellow reporter here penned this story for today's paper. It's worth a read because it gets at how many classified workers are feeling about the gov-exes, who have swelled in number and whose salaries have grown under Richardson.