RECAP: Governor Martinez Let New Mexico Fall Behind While She Worked to Build Her National Profile

New Mexico – As Governor Martinez finishes her term as the Chair of the Republican Governor’s Association, the Democratic Party of New Mexico recaps her failures to focus on New Mexico’s economy and take responsibility for her failed economic agenda. 

Governor Martinez made it clear that she is more interested in playing politics than addressing New Mexico’s economy throughout her tenure as governor. Governor Martinez wasted six years fighting partisan battles against our immigrant communities, behavioral health care providers, and New Mexico workers. The Governor was able to do much more damage with a Republican majority in the New Mexico House, and the end result was the largest budget shortfall the state has ever faced.

Below is a recap of some of the hard times our state has faced at the hands of an irresponsible Governor, feckless Lieutenant Governor, and Republican majority in the New Mexico House. 

New Mexico jobless rate rises to 6.7 percent in September, AP

New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up for the third straight month.

Projections: $100 million state budget gap remains, Santa Fe New Mexican

Just days after Gov. Susana Martinez signed measures into law to eliminate unconstitutional budget deficits, lawmakers were greeted with a current operating budget that is still $100 million short and has no cash reserves, as well as a request for at least $80 million more in Medicaid funds for the next fiscal year.

Moody’s downgrades New Mexico bond rating, Albuquerque Journal

The fallout over New Mexico’s massive budget crunch is still reverberating, as a national credit rating agency has downgraded the state’s top rating for general obligation bonds and suggested further hits could be forthcoming.

New Mexico scrapes the bottom on new ranking of states’ school systems, Albuquerque Business First

A new ranking by WalletHub of school systems in the 50 states and Washington, D.C. places New Mexico 50th. New Mexico ranked among the states with the highest dropout rate and the lowest math and reading test scores.

New Mexico judiciary grapples with reduced budget, Deming Headlight

The chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court says furloughs may be in store for employees of the state’s highest court and appellate courts because of recent budget cuts to the judiciary.

Justice Charles Daniels told state lawmakers Tuesday that the courts are rationing office supplies and will resort to furloughs if a request for supplemental money is rejected.

NM again ranks 49th in child well-being, 50th in education, Las Cruces Sun-News

For the third consecutive year, New Mexico ranks 49th overall for child well-being, according to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Mississippi is the only state that fared worse.

In education and childhood poverty, New Mexico ranks dead last.

Seventy-seven percent of New Mexico’s fourth-graders are not proficient in reading — the worst in the nation. At Las Cruces Public Schools, that figure is the same. And 79 percent of the state’s eighth-graders are not proficient at math; at LCPS, it’s even worse, at 86.5 percent.

State says budget deficit now at $660 million, NMPolitics.net

The state’s current fiscal-year budget deficit has grown to $660 million, a new revenue projection set to be released Thursday will say.

The 10 Worst Places In America To Start a Business, CNBC 

But heavily reliant on oil and gas revenues, New Mexico’s economy struggled to recover from the Great Recession and the labor force has stagnated.