Gov. Bill Richardson has signed the $6 billion fiscal 2009 state budget passed by the Legislature but only after using his line-item veto power to eliminate $15.8 million in spending.

“While I am disappointed that this budget does not do more to reach our goal of covering more New Mexicans who need quality health care, I am signing it because it generally reflects my priorities for moving New Mexico forward,” Richardson said in his signing statement.

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