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November 2011_LFC Cover Letter

November 2011_LFC Cover Letter

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LFC Budget Hearing for AGO Letter from AG King
LFC Budget Hearing for AGO Letter from AG King

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 November 15, 2011The Honorable Senator John Arthur Smith, Chairmanand Honorable Members of the Legislative Finance Committee325 Don Gaspar, Suite 101Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Re: Fiscal Year 2013Budget Request for Attorney General Gary King
Dear Chairman Smith and Members of the Legislative Finance Committee:
We seek your assistance and support for our FY’1
3 Budget Request. We continue tostrive to not only fulfill our mission but also to strengthen the effectiveness of the
programs we have instituted in the Attorney General’s Office. This letter will quickly
summarize the funding request that is necessary to continue our efforts and sustain ourlevel of service in order to best serve the citizens of New Mexico.You will find that there is no increase to the base budget request. We have proposedprudent amounts in our base budget request by continuing to budget conservativespending in Contractual Services and also the Other Expenditures Category. ThePersonal Services and Employee Benefits is requested at an agency-wide 3% vacancyrate.In addition to our base budget request, we would also request, from the legislature, a3% merit increase for all AGO employees to assist us with becoming a competitive lawoffice and to address retention issues.
The Attorney General’s Office cannot continue to
provide the current level of service if we have to increase our vacancy rate beyond thecurrent level we have maintained this fiscal year. Although we continue to make aconcerted effort to meet all additional demands placed upon the office, we arestruggling with our current staffing level.We also request a 1.5 million general fund special appropriation for water litigationissues. The State of NM through the Attorney General is involved in litigation against the US Bureau of Reclamation regarding the operation of the Rio Grande Project (Elephant Butte Reservoir, Caballo Reservoir, EIBD and EP#1). The state brought suit 

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