SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez opened the last 60-day legislative session of her tenure on Tuesday by asking New Mexico lawmakers to embrace bipartisan solutions – as they have in the past, she said – to shore up the state’s flagging budget and promote economic growth.
But the Republican governor didn’t back away from her insistence that the Legislature – Democrats now control both chambers – avoid increasing taxes to balance the budget.
“We’ve met challenges before in a bipartisan manner, and we can do it again,” Martinez said in her annual State of the State address, which clocked in at 43 minutes. “But it will take courage.”