FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Felicia Salazar
Phone: (505) 303-0748
Understaffing at agencies has led to a serious problems processing food assistance applications & children falling through the cracks at CYFD
New Mexico – Today, Governor Susana Martinez continued her raid against everyday New Mexicans by ordering a hiring freeze at state agencies, even though many agencies are already understaffed. Lack of staff at state agencies has led to serious problems processing food assistance applications, and children falling through the cracks when abuse is suspected.
“Under Governor Martinez’s watch, children are less safe, families have fewer economic opportunities, and our state is hanging on a fiscal cliff,” said DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland. “Governor Martinez’s hiring freeze means that Children Youth and Families Department, the Human Services Department, and other state agencies remain understaffed and unable to provide the services New Mexicans need.”
Democrats in the legislature sent a balanced budget to the Governor’s desk with important revenues that would mitigate cuts to public schools, health care, and other critical services. Despite Democrats’ work to ensure New Mexico is on a better financial footing, Governor Martinez ended the legislative session by promising to shut down state government before the budget even arrived on her desk.
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