New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after Governor Susana Martinez announced she planned to add non-budget related times to the special session, in an attempt to avoid her failed economic agenda.
“Governor Martinez is trying to distract the public from her terrible economic record and she’s playing games with the state’s budget with her irresponsible announcement today,” said Debra Haaland Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Let’s be clear, Governor Martinez ruined our economy with tax breaks for corporations, line item vetoes through job creating infrastructure projects, and five years of wasted energy on a political agenda instead of investing in our economy.”
Under Governor Martinez, New Mexico ranks 49th for child well-being and 50th for education according to the Annie E. Casey Kids Count Data Report. And another report put New Mexico second to last for full time job seekers finding employment. New Mexico’s unemployment rate remains well above the national average at 6.4 percent.
As New Mexico continues to face a severe budget shortfall, Senate Democrats proactively called for a special session in August. Governor Martinez refuses to address the problem, while state’s economic outlook worsens. With a total deficit $223 million in FY2016 and an estimated shortfall of $431 million for FY2017, it’s clear the Governor Martinez’s economic agenda that harms New Mexico families.