Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Martinez' budget proposal online

If you follow the state budget, you've no doubt read the coverage by now of what all is in Gov. Susana Martinez' first budget proposal. But if you are the type who wants to look up a certain department or program, you can find all the details you want where the spending plan is posted online.

Seeing it online made me think back to when I first covered the Legislature in the late 1990s. Getting a copy of the budget was sometimes tough, and it always involving going to the press conference where the governor announced his proposal and handed out just a few copies of the budget book. In the media room at the Capitol, we frequently had to mark our respective newspaper's name on the books, too keep track of them. Other reporters and lobbyists often would stop by to see what was in the proposals.

Funny how things have changed, and how fast those printed budgets became obsolete.

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