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UPDATED: Gov.-Elect Picks Richard May To Head Department of Finance and Administration

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May currently works at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque and previously worked in Washington, D.C., for 25 years

 

Republican Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has selected former congressional budget official Richard May to become secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration.

Martinez announced Friday that May will be her nominee to run the budget agency. May currently is a manager of government relations at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.

May, 56, worked in Washington, D.C. for 25 years. He served as the GOP staff director for the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee in 1993-1997.

Martinez takes office Jan. 1, and faces tough decisions on dealing with a budget shortfall that’s projected to be as much as $450 million next year.

May has worked at Sandia since March 2009. His appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

 

 


 

Friday, 12 November 2010 14:38

 

SANTA FE — Republican Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has selected Rick May to become secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration.

A senior aide to Martinez says May is the incoming governor’s nominee to run the budget agency. May currently is manager of government relations at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because Martinez plans to make the announcement later Friday.

It’s the first cabinet-level appointment by Martinez since the general election.

Martinez takes office Jan. 1 and faces tough decisions on dealing with a budget shortfall that’s projected to be as much as $450 million next year.

May was appropriations and tax analyst for the House GOP caucus during the 2009 legislative session.

May has worked at Sandia since March 2009. His appointment will be subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

The department secretary serves as the governor’s top budget and fiscal policy adviser.

During the campaign, Martinez pledged she wouldn’t raise taxes while promising to protect public schools and Medicaid from spending cuts. Those programs account for nearly 60 percent of this year’s spending, and some legislators contend Martinez’s campaign promises are unrealistic.

The Department of Finance and Administration has a budget of about $24 million this year. Its duties include administering the state budget and managing the funding of capital improvement projects.

Among the early tasks for May is helping Martinez assemble next year’s budget recommendations, which must be submitted to the Legislature before it convenes Jan. 18.

 

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