Last year, New Mexico school districts were facing an across-the-board cut of more than 3 percent when then-Gov. Bill Richardson decided he didn’t want it to happen on his watch. So he used some stimulus money as a band-aid and passed the bleeding on to the new governor.
Then came the Susana Martinez administration, ready to take on the state budget by cutting but not taxing. So when public education cuts came in at about 1.5 percent, everyone breathed a sigh of relief.
It was too good to be true.