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 recent 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 campaign rally in Rio Rancho last month talking about the incredible numbers our state’s oil and gas industry has been producing. As the president pointed out, a 40% increase in natural gas and a more than 110% increase in oil development has led to higher wages and more jobs for New Mexicans.
Personal income in New Mexico increased 5.1% compared to the national average of 3.4% 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.