Gov. Martinez spends $48,000 on office furniture
Posted at: 07/04/2012 11:00 AM
By: BARRY MASSEY Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Taxpayers are paying for new furniture in the governor's suite of offices in the Capitol while Republican Gov. Susana Martinez continues to feud with the judiciary over whether state government should pay for furnishings in a new district courthouse in Santa Fe.
A spokesman for the governor said $48,000 was spent to buy 185 new chairs to replace ones that were broken or badly worn.
The new furniture includes 58 high-back, black desk chairs with casters.
Democratic Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe says it appears the governor believes new furniture for her office is justified but not for the courthouse.
The governor vetoed nearly $1.4 million in state bond proceeds the Legislature approved earlier this year for furnishing the 1st Judicial District courthouse.
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