Governor to tout public works deal in DC visit - Albuquerque Journal

Governor to tout public works deal in DC visit

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, shown in this September 2020 file photo, delivers a public briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is visiting the White House and meeting with congressional leaders this week to highlight the importance of a federal public works package for New Mexico and other states, a spokeswoman said.

And she is set to make her first international trip as governor next month – to Scotland for a climate change summit.

The Washington visit is part of her role as chairwoman of the Democratic Governors Association, which is paying for her travel. She is set to return Saturday.

“The infrastructure package specifically is critical for New Mexico, in addition to the Build Back Better agenda,” said Kendall Witmer, a spokeswoman for Lujan Grisham’s reelection campaign.

Democrats in Washington have been locked in negotiations over a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a social services package.

Lujan Grisham is also planning to head to Glasgow next month to represent New Mexico at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

She has promoted renewable energy in New Mexico, banned routine venting and flaring of natural gas, and ordered the state to join a national coalition seeking to combat the effects of climate change.

She also signed into law the state Energy Transition Act in 2019, requiring the Public Service Co. of New Mexico and public utilities to shift to carbon-free energy generation by 2045.

In a written statement released by the Governor’s Office, Lujan Grisham said she is proud of what’s already been accomplished.

“But I know that we – as a state, as a nation, as a planet – must go further by pursuing bold, equitable and just climate solutions,” she said. “I am looking forward to this significant opportunity for collaboration and action at the global level.”

She is set to participate in a public conversation alongside Secretary of State Antony Blinken, White House climate advisers John Kerry and Gina McCarthy, and Michael Bloomberg, according to the Governor’s Office.

Also tentatively scheduled are an event with the Powering Past Coal Alliance and an event with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Larry Behrens, a spokesman for Power the Future, a group that has opposed renewable energy mandates, said the governor’s international travel is hypocritical.

“New Mexicans deserve better than a governor who depends on fossil fuels to travel and for her budget, but then undermines our energy workers at elitist resorts among her friends,” Behrens said in a written statement.

Nora Meyers Sackett, the governor’s press secretary, said the Scotland trip would be Lujan Grisham’s first international travel in her official capacity as governor.

Under the New Mexico Constitution, Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, a Democrat, serves as acting governor when Lujan Grisham is out of state.


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

Nativo Sponsored Content

taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
NM's record-high revenue projections keep climbing
ABQnews Seeker
New Mexico's sky-high revenue projections for ... New Mexico's sky-high revenue projections for the next year shot up again Friday as state economists shared their latest findings at the Capitol. They ...
2
Firefighters tackle warehouse fire in NW ABQ
ABQnews Seeker
Albuquerque Fire Rescue responded to a ... Albuquerque Fire Rescue responded to a blaze at a warehouse in the early hours of Friday morning in Northwest Albuquerque. AFR, in a release, ...
3
DA’s lawsuit seeks GPS data for defendants on pretrial ...
ABQnews Seeker
District Attorney Raúl Torrez on Thursday ... District Attorney Raúl Torrez on Thursday sued the administrator of the 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, alleging that court officials are violating the ...
4
Broad coalition urges support for PNM/Avangrid merger
ABQnews Seeker
After PRC meeting, AG Balderas concerned ... After PRC meeting, AG Balderas concerned about commissioners' impartiality
5
Sandia Prep junior sings her way to Carnegie Hall
ABQnews Seeker
Sofia Chalamidas hopes to attend college ... Sofia Chalamidas hopes to attend college at either New York University or Carnegie Mellon, and become a professional singer
6
State to require booster shots for some workers
ABQnews Seeker
More than 2,000 new COVID cases ... More than 2,000 new COVID cases reported Thursday
7
Hot air balloon 'menorah' to be lit Sunday
ABQnews Seeker
Event marks the last night of ... Event marks the last night of the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah
8
BioPark releases minnows into Rio Grande
ABQnews Seeker
Part of endangered species recovery efforts Part of endangered species recovery efforts
9
Governor adds stimulus spending to session agenda
ABQnews Seeker
Legal clash over the handling of ... Legal clash over the handling of the funds poised to intensify as Lujan Grisham accused of spend