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Governor Martinez Seeks Government Shutdown, Risks New Mexico’s Future

Governor Martinez Seeks Government Shutdown, Risks New Mexico’s Future

New Mexico – Governor Martinez ended the legislative session by promising to shutdown state government before the budget even arrived on her desk. Democrats in the legislature sent a balanced budget to the Governor’s desk Saturday with important revenues that would mitigate cuts to public schools, health care, and other critical services. 

“Governor Martinez shows an immense disrespect for our families, our traditions, our educators and our state as a whole when she threatens to shutdown the government. Democrats in the House and Senate, with bipartisan support, passed a balanced budget  and revenue package that would greatly benefit all New Mexicans,” said DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland. “The Governor shows that she’s more interested in playing political games and putting state employees out of work, than creating opportunity for New Mexico families.”

Under Governor Martinez’s lack of leadership New Mexico is on a fiscal cliff. 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. Lower credit ratings leads to a waste of taxpayer dollars by increasing the cost of important infrastructure projects.

Over the 60 day session, the Governor vetoed vital legislation that would create jobs, invest in our kids, increase revenue, and she continues to threaten a Government shutdown at the risk of New Mexico’s future.

NM House Republicans Block Bill that Would Ensure Teachers Don’t Go to School Sick

NM House Republicans Block Bill that Would Ensure Teachers Don’t Go to School Sick

New Mexico – This afternoon, House Republicans declined to stand up to Governor Susana Martinez by refusing to override her irresponsible veto of common-sense legislation to ensure that teachers don’t have to go to work sick. Prior to the Governor’s veto, all but three House Republicans voted in favor of the measure. Yet in today’s attempt to override the veto, 31 Republicans voted to support Gov. Martinez’ veto. 

““Unprincipled House Republicans would rather defend the Governor and her reckless vetoes than take a stand for our teachers,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Deb Haaland. “The House GOP would rather abandon New Mexico students and teachers by flop-flopping rather than risk angering the Governor. Sad!”

Under House Bill 241 teachers would no longer be penalized on their evaluations for using their allotted sick days. Governor Martinez vetoed the legislation despite broad bipartisan support in both legislative chambers. The bill initially passed the House 64-3 and unanimously passed the Senate. 

Gov. Martinez Has Done Nothing to Improve Unemployment in the State

New Mexico Worst Unemployment Rate in the Country Under Governor Martinez

 

Albuquerque, N.M. –  Figures released from the Department of Labor today, show that Governor Martinez has done nothing to improve unemployment in the state.  With a 6.7% unemployment rate in February, New Mexico has the highest unemployment in the country.

Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, issued the following statement Monday:

“We are once again seeing the fruits of the failed republican economic agenda. Governor Martinez has to take responsibility for doing nothing to prevent the worst unemployment rate in the country, and instead she is doubling down on her failed policies. Investments are needed to create opportunity for New Mexicans, not cuts to services to finance tax breaks for the well-connected.  The Governor’s policies make it clear that working families are not her priority.”

While the rest of the country has mostly recovered from the Great Recession, New Mexico lags behind.  During Governor Martinez’s term in office, several reports point to New Mexico’s stagnant economy. And the Governor still refuses to raise revenues to help New Mexicans get ahead, and improve the economic footing of the state.

“We cannot cut our way to prosperity. The Governor failed to put forward a legislative agenda that will improve opportunity in our state, while Democrats in the legislature work day in and day out to craft legislation that will create jobs and opportunity for New Mexicans. Bills that invest in early childhood education, increase the minimum wage, spur job creation, and increase revenue are making their way to the Governor’s desk, and we call on her to do the right thing for our state and invest in our people,” said Chairwoman Haaland.”

 

DPNM Slams Governor for Showing Preference to Campaign Donors, Again

Albuquerque, N.M. –  Following a troubling revelation in the legislature Saturday, Senators took to the floor to recall a bill introduced on behalf of Governor Martinez to benefit her campaign donors.  The governor requested the legislature to pass a bill allowing the state to bypass its own regulations so as to extend the lease on an office building in Albuquerque.  However, she failed to disclose to legislators that she received more than $20,000 in campaign contributions from the building’s owner.

Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland issued the following statement Saturday:

“This is yet another troubling incident in a line of ethical failures by Governor Martinez and her administration.  There is a clear pattern – Martinez has demonstrated much more concern for the wellbeing of her campaign donors than for everyday. New Mexicans.  It is clear that her only priorities are the ones that benefit her well-connected campaign donors.”

This is not the first time Governor Martinez has shown her preference for her campaign donors. In December, the Governor awarded a former vice-president of WPX Energy, a regular campaign contributor, to serve in her cabinet.

In 2013, the Governor left New Mexico’s most vulnerable citizens without needed behavioral health services when she turned the state’s behavioral system upside down to a give a lucrative contract to another donor.

“Defrauding New Mexican taxpayers is wrong.  Governor  Martinez continues to line her donors’ pockets while New Mexicans continue to suffer from her lack of focus on job creation and the economy,” said Chairwoman Haaland.

DPNM Stands with Tribes, Divests from Financial Institution Backing Dakota Access Pipeline

Albuquerque, N.M. – The Democratic Party of New Mexico, in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and tribes throughout New Mexico, made the decision to divest from Wells Fargo, one of the many financial institutions supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Chairwoman Haaland, the first Native American state party chair in the country, said, “The Democratic Party of New Mexico knows that it’s imperative tribes have a seat at the table and that their voices are respected. Donald Trump’s action to continue the Dakota Access Pipeline is a direct assault on meaningful tribal consultation, and now we must make sure our support is not only heard but felt. We are closing our accounts at Wells Fargo, and we encourage others who feel compelled by this issue to do the same.”

“As Native Americans and as Democrats, it is incumbent upon us to stand up when we see injustice,” said Marisa Romero of the Pawnee Nation and Chair of DPNM’s Native American Caucus. “I support the DPNM leadership in this decision to close all accounts with Wells Fargo, in hopes they take notice that we are not blind to the institution’s vested interest with the Dakota Access Pipeline. We will not stand idly by while they fund the desecration of the Dakota peoples’ land and water.”
Wells Fargo is one of several banks funding the pipeline either through direct loans or investment in Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of pipeline’s developer, Dakota Access, LLC.

This step is just one in a long line of consistent opposition the Party has shown on the grounds of the federal governments’ legal obligation to consult tribes and the impact to the valuable water resources for communities along the pipeline.

In September, the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Native American Democratic Caucus wrote a letter to Chairman Dave Archambault expressing support for the tribe’s stance and Chairwoman Haaland traveled to North Dakota in solidarity with New Mexico tribes, who supports Standing Rock. During her time in North Dakota, she volunteered at the Standing Rock Tribal Services building, met with tribal leaders, and helped at the Oceti Sakowin camp where the community set up in protest of the pipeline project.

At the DPNM State Central Committee meeting in late October, the committee took a stand to support the efforts of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their water resources and sacred sites and to ensure tribal consultation is a priority by unanimously voting to send a letter of commitment to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault.

Democrats Embrace New DNC Leadership

Albuquerque N.M – Today, Democrats from across the country elected Secretary Tom Perez as the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). In his first action as DNC Chair, Perez nominated Representative Keith Ellison to serve as Deputy Chair of the DNC.  Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement:

“We congratulate Secretary Tom Perez on his hard-fought victory and look forward to working together with him and Keith Ellison as the new leaders of the DNC. Under Perez’ leadership, the focus will be on winning elections on all levels. Throughout his life, Chairman Perez has fought for Americans’ civil rights, better wages, overtime pay and collective bargaining rights. His vision for the Party begins by growing from the grassroots and advocating in every zip code.

With the successes we had in New Mexico in the 2016 election, we are ready and willing to help Chairman Perez in the resistance of the Trump agenda, and ready to focus on building a stronger party for all New Mexicans and all Americans. With the leadership of Secretary Perez and Representative Ellison, Democrats will move forward united and together,” said Chairwoman Haaland.

 

Congressman Pearce Supports ICE Raids that Hurt Communities in His District

Albuquerque, N.M. – Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Debra Haaland stood up for New Mexico’s immigrant communities today, and demanded respect from Congressman Steve Pearce.  Congressman Pearce declared his support for ICE raids that hurt communities in his district with a statement released earlier this week.

“President Trump and his Republican colleague Steve Pearce have demonstrated incredible hostility toward members of our communities, ” said Chairwoman Haaland. “Our hearts break for the families who have been torn apart in recent days. New Mexicans understand that these ICE raids will have devastating effects, specifically on children. Tearing apart families, arresting domestic violence victims, and making children fearful of going to school is a disgraceful response to people who simply want to be Americans, and it only serves to further denigrate and marginalize our most vulnerable.”

Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver Delivers on Campaign Promise

Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver Delivers on Campaign Promise

Albuquerque N.M –  Today, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland commended Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on her commitment to keep her campaign promise of ensuring transparency in government. Under Secretary Toulouse Oliver’s leadership, the Secretary of State’s Office launched a site that makes it easier for New Mexicans to access candidate and public official financial disclosures.

“Today, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver delivered her campaign promises of reform, transparency, and accountability,” said Chairwoman Haaland. ” Secretary Toulouse Oliver is setting the gold standard in our state and ensuring New Mexicans can trust their government.”

The new web page can be found here.

 

 

DPNM Launches Action Teams

DPNM Launches Action Teams

Click on this link to join a team!

It’s been a long and scary two weeks since President Trump took the oath. Across the country and right here in New Mexico, progressives are joining together to fight back. That’s why the Democratic Party of New Mexico is organizing statewide action teams to channel this energy into positive results and we need your help!

Can we count on you to participate in one or more of these teams as we work together to fight the Trump administration, hold its Republican allies accountable and support our Democratic elected officials?

Rapid Response Team

DPNM is launching a Rapid Response Team to hold President Trump and New Mexican Republicans accountable. This team, comprised of Democrats across the state and in every political district, will spring into coordinated action to call legislators, submit letters to the editor, gather at events, and spread the word on social media. We need you to help us amplify our message across New Mexico.

NM Democrats in the Community

DPNM is launching a team focused on community service and engagement. Too often, voters only see Democrats in their neighborhoods in the weeks leading up to an election. Whether we volunteer with a community non-profit organization or assist an allied organization under attack, we have a unique opportunity to build the Democratic brand as we make a positive impact in our own neighborhoods.

Voter Registration Team

DPNM is launching a statewide voter registration network that will register voters immediately. We must start working now to create a favorable electorate in 2018.

Click on this link to join a team!

As President Obama said in his farewell speech, “If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes.” Let’s get to work!

Democrats Oppose DeVos Confirmation

Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, following the confirmation vote in favor of President Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairwoman Debra Haaland released the following statement:

“The confirmation vote for Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education was a misstep for this country.  New Mexicans rely on public schools to provide a quality education for their children and Betsy DeVos’s record of supporting privatization efforts and lack of any education experience should have been disqualifying.  The vote today for a billionaire from the political donor class confirms that President Trump has no sincere intention of draining any swamp.

No one understands better than New Mexicans the potential damage that someone like Betsy DeVos can do to an education system.  New Mexico’s Public Education Department, under the leadership of Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera, serves as an unfortunate warning of what happens when public education is gutted.  We are thankful, however, that Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall continued their longstanding support of public education by voting against DeVos.”