When it comes to policy, President Donald Trump and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham are as far apart as Farmington and Hobbs. When it comes to the amazing things happening here in New Mexico, the two leaders are singing from the same sheet of music.
In just the past couple of weeks, both Trump and Lujan Grisham have sung the praises of the soaring production of oil and gas in the Permian and San Juan basins that is improving the lives of New Mexicans right now while also providing the financial resources we need to lay the foundation for a strong and diversified state economy for years to come.
President Trump opened his recent campaign rally in Rio Rancho talking about the incredible numbers our state’s oil and gas industry has been producing. As the president pointed out, a 40 percent increase in natural gas and more than 110 percent increase in oil development has led to higher wages and more jobs for New Mexicans.
Personal income in New Mexico increased 5.1 percent compared to the national average of 3.4 percent in the first quarter of 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. This made us the fifth-fastest growing state for personal income growth.