New Mexico is in a budget crisis. Our state’s economy is in shambles. We have the worst employment rates in the country and revenue projections have dropped over $200 million dollars from just before the session, and they could get even worse.
The result of this economic free fall will be continued underfunding of our schools, jobs, economic development and public safety efforts – all the things most important to New Mexicans. Time is running out at the state Legislature. If lawmakers do not take clear aim at the challenges we face, New Mexico will strike out for our families and children.
Strike one will be the budget.
Deep cuts are coming that will threaten jobs and public safety. Health care, driven by Medicaid, is one of the only growing job sectors in New Mexico yet Medicaid is short by over $60 million in the budget being considered by the Legislature.