I took a pay cut to save jobs last year, this year we got no cost of living raise and didn't get the cut back. Now this??? I'm looking for a place to live and place to teach. NM Teacher Salaries Could Be Cut Phil Anaya-KFOX News Reporter Posted: 5:40 pm MST January 8, 2010 Updated: 6:14 pm MST January 8, 2010 Comment On This Story LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico state workers salaries are currently at risk, including teachers. It always seems like education keeps getting knocked more and more, said Daniel Rubin, a Las Cruces high school English teacher. One more big knock could be coming since the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee recommends the state spend about $278 million less this next year on public schools, higher education and government programs. Our classes are already huge, we're already stretched thin, any more pressure on that, it's stealing the kids as much as it stealing from the teachers, said Rubin. It's also recommended that state workers including teachers like Rubin could see a 2 percent pay cut. It causes me great concern especially if there is going to be less money coming from my pay check every two weeks, said Rubin. Two percent can be a lot for teachers. For example, a beginner teacher makes about $33,500 a year and at 2 percent they will lose out on around $670 a year. I'm just getting by, especially with insurance rates going up every year, said Rubin. I can't take many hits. Friday KFOX went straight to a lawmaker to get their opinion on cutting salaries. I think there's a lot of other ways we can save money that we need to look at first, said state senator Sen. Stephen Fischmann. State representative Nathan Cote told KFOX he also wants salary cuts to be a last resort. Copyright 2010 by KFOXTV.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.