Friday, January 7, 2011

Martinez to keep same salary

This post is for the many readers who have e-mailed asking whether Gov. Susana Martinez will keep the same salary as former Gov. Bill Richardson, amid a move by Martinez to cut the salaries of her Cabinet member.

It turns out that yes, Martinez will earn the same $109,998.72 Richardson did, unless the Legislature changes that.

Richardson also had a $6,750 a-month discretionary fund as well, something Martinez will keep, spokesman Scott Darnell said Friday.

I haven't heard any talk among lawmakers about changing the salary, but with so much up in the air this session, I suppose it is a possibility someone would try to shrink her paycheck -- and her slush fund.

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