Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, sponsored a Senate Joint Memorial, SJM 16, to approve placing a marker at the State Capitol in honor of two women who had been longtime state government leaders.
The memorial, which is scheduled for the Senate floor Monday, requests that, after raising funds for the marker, the New Mexico Women’s Forum be allowed to place a New Mexico Historic Women’s Marker in recognition of Inez Bushner Gill and Maralyn Budke, who “dedicated their professional careers to New Mexico state government and, ultimately, to the people of New Mexico.”
Gill, who died in 1982, served the state for 30 years, Kernan said, starting in 1951. Gill was the assistant director of the Legislative Council Service and worked to develop policy and practices for the Department of Finance and Administration.
Considered a tax policy and public school finance expert, Gill started the student government intern program and led efforts for the modernization of state government.
Budke, who died in 2010, retired as the director of the Legislative Finance Committee after 14 years of service, Kernan said, and helped establish legislative oversight of state government.
Budke also served as chief of staff for former Gov. Garrey Carruthers and chairman of the Higher Education Funding Formula Task Force.
Kernan said Budke was thought of as a “brilliant strategist and consummate professional.”
The memorial also seeks to have the marker’s unveiling ceremony on March 8, which is International Women’s Day.