Governor Martinez Refuses to Prioritize Education, Students Bear Burden Of Failed Republican Economic Agenda

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after the Albuquerque Journal reported that the University of New Mexico will freeze hiring.

“Governor Martinez has placed the burden of her failed economic agenda on New Mexico’s students. Instead of making education a priority, she made cuts across the board and it is unacceptable—New Mexico deserves better,” said Juan Sanchez III, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. 

Governor Martinez announced a directive for all state agencies to cut 5 percent without prioritizing investments to grow New Mexico’s economy just before the Albuquerque Journal reported that she attended political meetings in Dallas, Texas—in effect washing her hands of the damage her economic agenda caused to the state’s economy to build her own national profile.

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 the 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 that Governor Martinez’s economic agenda harms New Mexico families.