DPNM Counting Taxpayer Dollars Wasted By N.M. House Republicans

N.M. House Republicans Pushing Governor Martinez’s Political Games

New Mexico – New Mexico House Republicans are wasting tens of thousands of dollars pushing Governor Martinez’s political games in the special session, and the Democratic Party of New Mexico released a ticker to keep track of taxpayer dollars N.M. House Republicans are costing our state.

See number of dollars wasted by N.M. House Republicans here.

“Governor Martinez teamed up with House Republicans to play political games and distract the public from her failed Republican economic agenda,” said Juan Sanchez III. “House Republicans are wasting New Mexico taxpayers’ dollars at a time when we’re facing a serious budget crisis — it’s irresponsible and voters need to consider if they want to support Republicans whose main priority is pushing the Governor’s political agenda instead of creating opportunity for New Mexico families.”

The N.M. Senate convened and passed bipartisan measures to address the state’s budget Friday, saving New Mexico taxpayers’ dollars. Meanwhile N.M. House Republicans spent valuable time on bills Governor Martinez is using to distract the public from her failed economic agenda and have cost New Mexicans approximately $25,000 per day.

After Governor Martinez returned from a political trip to Dallas, she signed a proclamation calling for a special session. New Mexico faces a shortfall of $223 million for FY2016 and an estimated shortfall of $431 million for FY2017.

The N.M. Senate proactively called for a special session in July of this year, and Governor Martinez spent more than two months traveling outside the state for political fundraisers for candidates in other states. The Governor’s political trips cost taxpayers approximately $26,000 in the first half of this year, showing a complete disregard for New Mexico’s economy, and a pattern of disrespect for New Mexico taxpayers.