Albuquerque, NM – Today the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) called on Governor Susana Martinez to sign the balanced budget at a rally outside of her event in Albuquerque today.
The rally drew more than fifty people including DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland, who said, “The legislature passed a reasonable, bipartisan, and balanced budget. There is a way out of a government shutdown and harmful furloughs—sign the budget. Republican Governor Martinez is choosing to put New Mexico in this situation and her behavior has real consequences for everyday New Mexicans. ”
Just today, Governor Susana Martinez announced her plan to leave state workers without paychecks and begin furloughs, which is completely avoidable.
Democrats in the legislature sent a balanced budget to the Governor’s desk with important revenues that would mitigate cuts to public schools, health care, and other critical services. Despite Democrats’ work to ensure New Mexico is on a better financial footing, Governor Martinez continues threatening to shutdown state government.
Moody’s analytics sent a strong message to other states when the Republican Kansas Governor vetoed important revenue increases and gave them a negative credit rating. A lower credit rating leads to a waste of taxpayer dollars by increasing the cost of important infrastructure projects that lead to economic development and opportunity.