House Democrats Introduce Economic Plan

House Democrats Introduce Economic Plan

House Democrats Present Economic Opportunity Plan

House Democrats Are Committed to building a stronger more secure economy for all New Mexicans


SANTA FE – Today, House Democrats presented their Economic Opportunity Plan. The Economic Opportunity Plan contrasts with the All Crime All The Time agenda being pushed by House Republicans. The Economic Opportunity Plan includes packages addressing areas such as: education, diversifying the economy, rural economic development, public safety, investing in New Mexico’s families and public health.


“The same-old trickle-down economic policies and Band-Aid fixes aren’t working,” said House Democratic Leader, Representative Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe). “If House Republicans and Governor Susana Martinez were to support our Economic Opportunity Plan, state unemployment would drop to 3.9% which will make us competitive with all of our neighboring states. New Mexican families need us to address our economy and poverty; we simply cannot focus solely on crime.”

“Diversifying the New Mexican economy is key to building a stronger and more secure future for our hardworking families,” said Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) who presented the Diversifying New Mexico’s Economy package. “We cannot prosecute our way to prosperity. We need to provide investment incentives in energy, agriculture and local businesses – while supporting New Mexicans who want to start a new business by freeing up streams of revenue.”


“New Mexico has recently ranked last in our nation in child well-being,” stated Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque). “If we truly want to address the needs of our families in New Mexico, we have to invest in our kids. That is why House Democrats have created the Investing in Education Package as a part of our Economic Opportunity Plan, which includes investing in early childhood education. Our kids are counting on us and they can’t wait another year.”


“Trickle-down economics has not worked for our urban centers, and it definitely has left our rural communities in need of support,” said Representative Debbie Rodella (D-Espanola) as she presented the Rural Economic Development Package. “Our package will incentivize and reward hard working New Mexican’s providing local development and spurring small business growth.”


“Putting an entire generation behind bars and locking everyone up for life will not fix New Mexico’s problems,” stated House Democratic Whip, Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque). “As part of our Public Safety Package, House Democrats are committed to investing in rehabilitation and treatment and solutions that address the root causes of crime.”


“There are over 90,000 New Mexicans that do an honest day’s work but they do not have the security in their ability to make ends meet. This is not ok,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair, Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque) who presented the Investing in New Mexico’s Families Package. “Families in my district and all over our state need us to address our plummeting economy. If we truly want to address crime we must address what many in our state are struggling with – poverty.”


Representative Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) spoke on the need for increased Public Health measures. “Our families need us to focus on the issues they are facing. We know that the health of our families is something every parent worries about – especially when they are struggling paycheck to paycheck. That’s why we have presented the Public Health Package. House Democrats are committed to fighting for the health and well-being of New Mexico’s families.”


House Democrats are committed to addressing the issues that are impacting New Mexico’s families – our plummeting economy, lack of jobs, and our children’s education, which all impact public safety.  House Democrats know it is time to tackle New Mexico’s problems head on with measures that will provide long-term safety and security.


The full list of bills associated with the Economic Opportunity Plan:

  • Investing in Education
    • HJR 10: Early Childhood Education - Rep. Javier Martinez & Rep. Moe Maestas
    • HB 17: Tuition Assistance for Veterans - Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richards
    • HB 98: College Affordability Endowment Fund - Rep. Andres Romero
    • HB 78: NMSU Water Resources Research Institute - Rep. Bill McCamley
    • HB 288: College and Career Readiness Software - Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton
    • HB 226: NMHU Health Career Undergrad Students – Rep. Nick Salazar


  • Workforce Development
    • HB 118: Filmmaking Academy Pilot Program - Rep. Jim Trujillo
    • HB 221: Early Childhood Educator Development - Rep. Christine Trujillo
    • HB 294: Homeless Population Economic Development – Rep. Christine Trujillo & Rep. Javier Martinez


  • Supporting public health
    • HB 158: Additional Medicaid Coverage - Rep. Deborah Armstrong 
    • HB 88: Behavioral Health Supporting Homeless Help - Rep. Tomas Salazar
    • HB 11: Shaken Baby Syndrome Educational Materials - Rep. Doreen Gallegos
    • HB 287: Homeless and Veteran Behavioral Health - Rep. Lechuga-Tena
    • HB 241: Opioid Abuse Prevention & Assisted Treatment – Rep. Patricio Ruiloba
    • HB 157: Statewide Senior Citizen Services – Rep. Nick Salazar


  • Diversifying New Mexico’s economy
    • HB 174: Suspending Certain Property Taxes - Rep. Brian Egolf
    • HB 225: Investing in Historically Underutilized and Disadvantaged Businesses (HUB Zones) - Rep. Moe Maestas
    • HB 75: Marijuana Legalization (50% taxes would go to Public Schools 35% of taxes would go to Law Enforcement) - Rep. Bill McCamley
    • HB 163: Home Energy & Water Efficiency Tax Credit – Rep. Carl Trujillo


  • Rural Economic Development
    • HB 139: Local Economic Development Act - Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
    • HB 13: Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project - Rep. Patty Lundstrom
    • HB 71: Small Water System Project Financing - Rep. Carl Trujillo
    • HB 19: Drinking Water System Financing - Rep. Debbie Rodella
    • HM 47: Agriculture Investment Package (USDA) - Rep. George Dodge &
    • HM 31: Statewide Resiliency Plan - Rep. Matthew McQueen
    • HB 148: Industrial Hemp Research - Rep. Bill Gomez
    • SB 3: Research On Industrial Hemp - Rep. Maestas
    • HB 175: Renewable Energy Tax Credit Eligibility – Rep. George Dodge


  • Investing in NM families
    • HB 79: Working Families Tax Credit & Capital Gains Act - Rep. McCamley
    • HB 125: Increase Minimum Wage - Rep. Miguel Garcia
    • HB 154: Increasing the Minimum Wage - Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero
    • HB 132: Low-Income Residential Energy Conservation - Rep. Bobby Gonzales
    • HB 243: Urban Indian (Native American) Support Programs - Rep. Idalia Lechuga-Tena & Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero
    • HB 255: New Higher Income Tax Bracket – Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas
    • HB 292: Modify Personal Income Tax Brackets & Rates – Antonio “Moe” Maestas
    • HB 89: Public Employee Salary Increases – Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela


  • Public Safety
    • HB 267: Violent Misdemeanant Possession of Firearms – Rep. Javier Martinez
    • HB 294: Homeless Population Economic Development – Rep. Javier Martinez
    • HB 90: Create Additional Judgeship in 5th District – Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela
    • HB 51: Firearms Transfer Act – Rep. Miguel P. Garcia
    • HB 74: DWI Tests, Penalties & License Revocation – Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richards
    • HB 161: CYFD Domestic Violence & Child Care Training – Rep. Deborah Armstrong
    • HB 202: Police Officer Registry for Special Events – Rep. Patricio Ruiloba
    • HB 228: Revise 2nd Degree Murder Penalty – Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, Rep. Patricio Ruiloba
    • HB 235: Sentencing for Use of Firearms – Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas
    • HB 236: Penalty for Sexual Exploitation of Children – Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas
    • HB 239: Law Enforcement Fund for Officer Retention – Rep. Patricio Ruiloba
    • HB 247: Interventions for Some Nonviolent Offenders – Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton
    • HB 265: Bench & Arrest Warrant Notifications – Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas
    • HB 266: Suspension of Parental Rights for Sex Crimes – Rep. Christine Trujillo
    • HB 203: Increase Amount for Indigent Use of Interlock – Rep. Patricio Ruiloba
    • HB 29: Allow Local Government Curfew Ordinance – Rep. Carl Trujillo
    • HB 52: ABQ Community Re-entry Program – Rep. Miguel P. Garcia
    • HB 130: State Crime Lab Employees for Rape Kits – Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richards
    • HB 142: Crimes Against CYFD Workers – Rep. Doreen Gallegos
    • HB 186: Study Emergency Services Funding – Rep. George Dodge Jr.
    • HB 193: Prison Isolated Confinement Restrictions – Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas
    • HB 230: Rape Kit Testing & Analysis – Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, Rep. Deborah Armstrong
    • HB 231: Sexual Assault Services Programs - Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, Rep. Deborah Armstrong
    • HB 244: Domestic Violence Programming – Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
    • HB 247: Interventions for Some Non-violent Offenders – Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton
    • HB 62: Law Enforcement Protection Fund for Training – Rep. Patricio Ruiloba