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Navajo Nation Feeling Effects of New Mexico Budget Crisis

Navajo Times, Posted: Mar 18, 2010

WINDOW ROCK - Last Wednesday, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed a bill that froze roughly $6 million in state funding for projects on Navajo lands, according to a report by Navajo Times. The bill, SB182, will put a hold on funding for dozens of projects in McKinley and San Juan Counties, including those meant to improve infrastructure, new construction projects, and community services for veterans, seniors and students. The spending freeze is part of a larger effort to save more than $141 million to help New Mexicos struggling economy. Most of the canceled funding for Navajo projects was allocated between 2005 and 2009, and identified by the state as expendable due to the fact that the moneys had not yet been used for their targeted projects. Richardson has told the Navajo Nation that the spending freeze is temporary, and that those projects affected will be the first to be re-funded once the state recovers from its budget deficit.

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