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NMSU cuts budget by $20 million as state adjusts to pandemic budget shortfall

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- New Mexico State University regents on Saturday approved a revised operation budget that cuts $20 million for fiscal year 2020-2021.

"This budget does not predict what's going to happen in the future," admitted NMSU President John Floros. "We don't really know what's going to happen. But we within the university are taking that into account as we move forward and prepare our budgets for years to come."

As ABC-7 has reported, the state of New Mexico is facing a projected $2.4 billion decline in state government revenue.

When gas prices plummeted at the start of the pandemic, New Mexico was hit especially hard. The state is 40 reliant on oil and gas revenue from the Permian Basin.

Floros said the budget approved on Saturday "does not predict any reduction in income that we will have."

New Mexico State planned to have two major payday football games against UCLA and Florida, which would have brought $2.75 million into the university, according to Athletic Director Mario Moccia. The UCLA game has already been canceled.

"It's a little bit like you’re on a surfboard in the middle of an ocean and you’re just going to ride that wave as long as you can," Moccia told ABC-7 earlier this month. "It looks like there’s a lot of sharks in the water, so we’re going to try to stay on board.”

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Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.



  1. Start all budget cut in all industries especially education, health, insurance, politics at people who make over $200,000 a year. Leave the poor folks alone. NMSU doesn’t have a shortage of over paid administrators and pointless major tenured staff.

    1. wake up fuck you! Cut all the entitled folks like madmike and geedubb staying home getting fat on the taxpayers backs. 37 firefighters to a simple single dwelling home. cops sleeping off I-10 on construction sites. PUT A DUMMY COP LIGHT> SAME THING. KEEP THE TEACHERS AND GET RID OF MADMIKE WHO ONLY SCREW THE TAXPAYER EVERY FREAKIN DAY.

  2. Where were you last night at 9pm? I waited for you to show up at the Wendy’s near your house until 10pm. Waited more than 1 hour and still no ignorant white trash coward showed up. I fully expect you to lie and say you were there but thats exactly what a coward loudmouth would do.

    1. I was there, you were not. I know what you look like and the beater registered to you. I left at 9:22. I was parked in the lot next to Wendy’s, ensuring that security cameras were on my vehicle, so there would be no doubt who the aggressor was.

      1. Do tell. More PI and intel would be nice on this psycho in the interest of public safety. I bet the moron forgot his Louisville slugger and chickened out. Alberto and his 60 aliases are all chickens. Still waiting for him to make my day.

        1. You’re a punk and a coward too. You wouldn’t show up either. I told you, I retired the bat when they mandated face coverings. Everybody wears one. No need for the bat. I didn’t have my bat last night either while I was waiting on no show coward madmike. I just want to talk. Not fight.

      2. My cars are leased in my company name you idiot. They are not registered in my name you coward moron. You didn’t show because you are a racist coward. I drive a 2020 metallic grey Land Rover with a black top. If you were there, you could have found me. You’re scum and your daddy the orange buffoon is scum. I was parked right in front.

        1. My experience is that the ones always screaming racist, are the real racists, and you and all of your mentally-challenged personalities are all racist bigots.

      1. Did you see the latest FOX news polls this morning? Did you see the orange buffoon helping Sleepy Joe with his mental meltdown during his interview with Chris Wallace? Your racist white trash leader isn’t doing too well is he?

          1. I’m quite sure he has already had pychiatric help. Just none of the anti-psychotic meds he takes works.

          1. Have you noticed he is becoming more psychotic every day? I think him and his personalities have gone over the edge. He is a danger to himself and others.

        1. The same leftist polls weighted in favor of Demorats. I smell a repeat of 2016 all over again. Of course Biden will lose his rear end. TRUMP 2020!


        1. I can sum up your whole life in one word, alberto, and that word is “FAILURE”. You have failed at everything you have ever done, and like your ilk, blamed it on “The Man”, racism or the system. You blamed the Navy for throwing you out, because for people like you, it is always someone else’s fault. You blame your position in life, living in Section Eight housing and living off of Social Security and food stamps on the “system”. You have never accomplished anything in your whole 65 or so years of life. I am sure that you blame your ex-wife on your failed relationship. You live in an alternate universe, with a multi-personality disorder.

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