NM House GOP Responds to Governor’s Spending Spree


January 21, 2020

Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov, 505-946-5358

SANTA FE, NM— Today marks the first day of the 2020 Legislative Session, beginning at noon with the chambers gaveling in and the Governor making her second State of the State address. The Governor and the Democratic controlled legislature are proposing continued spending increases as the Roundhouse begins its budget focused session. With the Governor’s proposal asking for spending increases to rise to 20% from the last administration and seemingly plateauing oil and gas revenue, this budget will set the tone for the future of New Mexico.

“The Richardson administration ended its tenure with 20% spending increases, and Governor Lujan Grisham seems to be repeating history with the same increases in her first two years,” said House Minority Leader Jim Townsend, “The only difference between the two administrations is that Richardson was not working to dismantle the industry that is paying for these increases.”

New Mexico House Republicans are drafting an alternative budget for New Mexico. The budget proposal will outline spending opportunities that will immediately benefit New Mexicans, while also preparing our state for economic uncertainty.

“Our state is benefitting greatly from record oil and gas revenues, but anyone paying attention to the last two decades will tell you without fail that the boom does not last,” said House Minority Whip Rod Montoya, “Most of the Democratic Representatives were not here when we had to make hard budget decisions. Now they are writing big checks to fulfill campaign promises in an election year.”