House Republicans Waste Taxpayer Dollars by Adjourning the House and Delaying Action to Solve State Budget Crisis
Friday, September 30, 2016
Amidst state’s largest budget deficit, and at a cost of $50,000 a day, House Republicans adjourn without hearing single bill on the floor
Santa Fe – Today, House Republicans adjourned the House without hearing a single bill related to solving the state’s largest budget crisis and costing taxpayers $50,000. The House adjourned to convene a joint hearing of the House Judiciary Committee for the sole purpose of hearing controversial crime bills, while the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, the committee charged with deliberating on the budget, was still not scheduled to convene.
“All eyes are upon us. As Representatives of this state, we have an obligation to resolve this budget crisis brought to our door by House Republicans and Governor Martinez” stated House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe). “To adjourn the House without acting on a single budget bill to solve the budget crisis, not only wastes taxpayer dollars, but also reveals that House Republicans are only interested in playing politics.”
New Mexico is in the midst of an historic budget deficit with a projected $700 million shortfall over the coming 3 years. Despite the governor’s repeated calls for a, “4-hour session” focused solely on balancing the budget, will now be stretched over multiple days as Governor Martinez and House Republicans continue to ignore the gravity of the deficit. There is not a budget agreement and the budget has not been discussed in committee or with the public.