- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Cultural Affairs Department is seeking approval from state personnel officials to trim nearly a dozen jobs in response to a $2 million shortfall.

The agency is scheduled to make the request during a meeting Thursday in Santa Fe. The personnel board will have the final say on the proposed layoffs.

The Cultural Affairs Department is among the agencies to be hit the hardest by budget cuts. The department oversees 16 museums and historic sites, including the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque.

Aside from layoffs, the department is reducing overtime, freezing all noncritical contracts and leaving vacant positions open.

Additional measures include cutting back hours at some state-run museums and historic sites.

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