Republicans Pass Anti-Worker Trio of Bills
House Republicans Pass Anti-Worker Trio of Bills
House Republicans pass three anti-worker bills while New Mexico loses another 50 jobs
SANTA FE – Today, House Republicans passed a trio of bills that will harm New Mexico’s workers. The anti-worker trio included House Bill 200, the Pay Check Reduction Act; House Bill 194, the anti-Workers’ Compensation bill; and House Bill 195, the Adding Insult to Injury Act. Each of these bills will lower wages and protections for workers.
“House Republicans passed a trio of bills tonight that will effectively lower wages for workers; take promised benefits away from workers who are injured on the job, and would permit insurers to deny treatment to injured workers,” said House Democratic Leader, Representative Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe). “Since the Legislative Session has started New Mexico has lost 594 jobs. Yet earlier today House Republicans held a press conference demanding the Senate hear their All Crime All the Time bills, and tonight we spent hours on these anti-worker bills. We only have nine days left in this Legislative Session; we need to start working on creating jobs now.”
“Today, UTC Aerospace announced that they are shutting their doors in Albuquerque and 150 New Mexicans will be out of a job. On Saturday, January 30th, Caterpillar Inc. announced that they would be shutting their doors in Santa Fe and 50 New Mexicans will be losing their jobs. And on Friday, January 22nd, Sprint announced that they would be shutting down their Call Center in Rio Rancho and 394 New Mexicans will be losing their jobs,” said Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque). “We need to start focusing on the economy and creating jobs, there are now 594 more New Mexicans counting on us to create jobs.”
House Democrats have introduced the Economic Opportunity Plan that consists of seven packages of bills that will create jobs and will help boost New Mexico’s economy. Most of the bills that are part of the Economic Opportunity Plan are stuck in the House Rules Committee who has not been convened to meet; there are 9 more days left of this year’s Legislative Session.