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Democrats’ agenda means ‘Californication’ of New Mexico

The state Legislature’s 30-day session is rapidly approaching, and New Mexicans will soon have another opportunity to see Democratic leaders push a California-focused agenda aimed at destroying traditional New Mexican values.

As the leadership team of the House Republican Caucus, we are dedicated to making the lives of all New Mexicans safer and more prosperous. We recognize that every New Mexican should expect government to enact policies that will move New Mexico in a better direction while not undermining their values in the process:

• Ensure New Mexico is a safe place to raise a family.

• Provide good schools and a nurturing environment to educate our kids.

• Create a business climate that encourages economic opportunity.

• Responsibly appropriate money government takes from taxpayers.

Unfortunately, the current Democratic leadership in the Roundhouse has failed time and time again to deliver on these essential concepts to create a better New Mexico. Instead, our progressive governor and Legislature are pushing an agenda which doubles down on the failed policies of the past and keeps New Mexico ranked at the bottom nationally in every critical measure.

This agenda also implements California laws which will only limit opportunities for New Mexicans across the state. This “Californication” of New Mexico disregards our traditional values and ultimately moves us away from who we are. Their priorities are to increase taxes and spending; take guns from citizens who have not committed a crime; throw more money at a broken public education system without addressing educational performance; and ignore our crime problems while working to make it easier for felons to vote and implement a catch-and-release criminal justice system. This is not our New Mexico!

Last year, progressive Democrats and the governor passed one of the largest tax increases in our state’s history during a time of record budget surpluses. They also increased state spending by 12% using every penny from oil and gas revenues while arguing oil and gas production is the root of our problems.

In contrast to progressives’ wrongheaded approach, our proposals for the upcoming session will:

• Develop a budget which gives surplus money back to every New Mexican instead of making state government even larger.

• Create a Taxpayer Bill of Rights to protect our state from out-of-control tax-and-spend sprees, which taxpayers can no longer afford.

• Adopt public education reforms to improve at-risk students’ achievement and provide educational choice for students and their families who seek a better learning environment.

• Pass enhanced sentencing laws to keep violent offenders off our streets and out of our neighborhoods.

It’s no secret the Democratic Party has controlled the Legislature and the Governor’s Office for the vast majority of our 108-year history, and what does New Mexico have to show for it? Rather than repeating the same failed policies of the past, it’s time to adopt a new direction for New Mexico. One that honors the traditional values that hard-working New Mexicans have held dear for generations.

We stand ready to fight for New Mexico, while the governor and her allies seem to be fighting for California.

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