House GOP Creates Economic Crisis INSTEAD of Economic Plan & Jobs
Legislature forced to pass budget without jobs and revenue plan because of inactions of House GOP
SANTA FE – Today, House Republicans forced the New Mexico legislature to pass a budget that will not create jobs or alleviate the state’s economic crisis. Instead of creating an economic plan, House Republican Leadership focused on their All Crime All the Time agenda and driver’s licenses.
“Senate Democrats did the best they could with the bad situation that was handed to them,” said House Democratic Leader, Representative Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe). “We are in this economic crisis because of failed Republican leadership – starting with Governor Martinez who has spent the last 5 years fighting against driver’s licenses instead of fighting for jobs; then to House Republican Leadership who ignored the critical need for jobs during the session. Instead of helping working families they pushed their All Crime All the Time agenda instead of working with us on our jobs plan and increasing revenues for New Mexico.”
“We have spent the past 28 days debating All Crime All the Time bills, instead of creating and developing an economic plan for New Mexico and New Mexicans” said Representative Debbie Rodella (D-Española).”There are folks living paycheck to paycheck and yet we have corporations and CEO’s receiving tax cuts. We are lagging behind the rest of the country, and this budget does not take us in the right direction.”
“House Republicans refused to act on our Economic Opportunity Plan and create a budget that would have created jobs and revenue,” said Representative Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque). “Without revenue we cannot properly invest in services like behavioral health. When we don't properly invest in behavioral health services we end up with human and financial costs."
“We cannot smooth out our economic bump by breaking the backs of the poor, our kids, and the working class,” said Representative Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque). “This session should have been about jobs, economy and moving our state forward, instead House Republicans focused on driver’s licenses.”