House Democrats, New Mexicans Demand that Governor and House Republicans Not Balance Budget on Backs of Families

House Democrats, New Mexicans Demand that Governor and House Republicans Not Balance Budget on Backs of Families

Friday, September 30, 2016

House Democrats, New Mexico’s Families Defend the Value and Contributions of Hard Working New Mexicans

Santa Fe – Earlier today, before the official start of the 2016 legislative special session, House Democrats joined with families, advocates and veterans to tell Governor Martinez and House Republicans that the budget cannot be balanced on the backs of everyday New Mexicans. Due to the failed economic policies of Governor Martinez and House Republicans, the state of New Mexico confronts a nearly $700 million budget shortfall threatening the livelihoods of teachers, veterans, children and hardworking New Mexicans. 

“We are here today because Governor Martinez and House Republicans with their corporate tax giveaways and tax breaks for the powerful and well-connected have locked New Mexico in to a downward spiral of cuts to critical services leaving our kids, families, veterans and everyday New Mexicans without the support they need” stated House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe). “Governor Martinez and House Republicans had opportunities to solve this budget crisis, but chose to maintain the status quo and everyday New Mexicans are paying the price.”

“It is time that New Mexico invests in the safety and wellbeing of our kids instead of tax-cuts for the well-connected and powerful corporations” said Representative Javier Martinez (D-Bernalillo). Representative Martinez then announced that a concurrent Resolution will be introduced in the House calling for a bi-partisan legislative investigatory committee to thoroughly investigate the Victoria Martens case and report on why action was not taken by CYFD when she was brought to their attention. “We must stand up for our children by examining whether funding cuts, reversions, vacancy rates and other cracks in the system played a role in the tragic death of Victoria Martens and whether the structure of CYFD is up to the job to protect the children of New Mexico.”

“We must call on our legislature and the governor to protect services for sexual assault and domestic violence shelters” stated Representative Doreen Gallegos (D-Dona Ana). “Shelters in my community have been cut, and are facing further cuts because of this budget crisis. We must understand that there are real people behind the numbers. Real people will be impacted if we cut these critical services once again.”

“Many of our veterans have returned home from proudly serving our country only to struggle in finding an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families” said Representative Harry Garcia (D-Cibola). “The cuts to veterans’ services that have already taken place are endangering the health and safety of those who have proudly served our country, and any additional cuts will come at a severe detriment to our men and woman who’ve served in uniform.”

Under state law, New Mexico cannot function at a deficit and must convene during the special legislative session to balance the budget. House Democrats are fighting to ensure that the budget is not balanced on the backs of kids, veterans, teachers and hardworking New Mexicans.  

Click here to view a video of the press conference.