Saturday Springboard

Saturday Springboard: Sequestration + Coyote Kill Bill + Leibovitz at O’Keeffe

WhiteSands

White Sands Missile Range is one of four military installments in New Mexico that would see cutbacks if the federal budget sequestration goes into effect.
Photo Credit: ShashiBellamkonda via CCSearch cc

By Margaret Wright

— With federal spending comprising more than 12 percent of our entire state GDP, New Mexico is among 10 states that could most acutely feel the effects of the impending national budget sequestration.

The sequester was put in place to force Congressional Democrats and Republicans into an agreement on cuts to balance the national budget. If lawmakers don’t reach a compromise before Friday, March 1, the 10 percent cuts will automatically go into effect across a range of programs.

Some economic experts say that sequestration isn’t a big deal compared to other looming federal showdowns, while other argue the cuts could actually be a good thing. Meanwhile, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham has said the sequestration would set back our already struggling state economy. Republican Rep. Steve Pearce, following a Defense Department notice that employees at military bases in New Mexico might see their jobs furloughed, did not sound optimistic that a deal will be reached in time.

Other items of note:

  • A stretch of old Route 66 between Moriarty and the Rio Puerco will get a new moniker: Retribution Road.

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