Albuquerque, N.M. – Shortly after honoring veterans on Memorial Day, the Democratic Party of New Mexico highlighted House and Senate Democrats’ efforts to defend veterans against Governor Martinez’s refusal to delay corporate tax breaks. The Senate Democrats’ bill to delay corporate tax cut would have saved the state more than $130 million over five years allowing for investments in veterans services.
Veterans facilities across the state have been forced to manage funding cuts due to shortfalls in the budget. According to a report by the Las Cruces Sun-News, the Department of Veterans Services budget cuts would have eliminated housing for 22 veterans.The effects seen in Las Cruces represent only five percent of the total budget cuts to the New Mexico Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Veterans services shouldn’t be sacrificed for the benefit of corporations. Governor Martinez did not consider the cost that refusing to delay tax breaks would have on our veterans, and that is completely unacceptable. The governor continues to put the interests of corporations ahead of the needs of our state. Our veterans give selflessly for our country, and the investments Governor Martinez risked through her corporate-first agenda does nothing to ensure our veterans receive the benefits they earned for their service,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
House Republicans introduced a number of bills that would have provided additional tax breaks to corporations instead of investing in New Mexico families. House and Senate Democrats fought to protect valuable veterans services during budget negotiations.