On Wednesday, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the massive $8.5 billion budget passed by House Democrats and a handful of Republicans which funded over $10 million for the “Green New Deal,” $75 million for “free” (taxpayer-funded) college, over $300,000 for anti-gun programs, and more. The budget is the largest ever passed in the history of New Mexico.
Lujan Grisham said while signing the mammoth budget, “This budget makes transformative investments exactly where they’re needed: from historic raises for New Mexico educators and growing the country’s most expansive tuition-free college program to creating a new fund to hire public safety officers and unprecedented funding to fight food insecurity.”
She added, “We are taking full advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to strategically and meaningfully build upon our progress to lift up every New Mexico family.”
Also included in the budget, according to a summary of amendments to the bill from the Senate Finance Committee, are massive increases in funding to already bloated state agencies. Those include, “12 percent for Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, and 16 percent for the Environment Department.”
The budget also “creates new offices to address climate change and regulate cannabis (marijuana), and enforce regulatory duties of the oil conservation division.” These positions will support anti-energy “climate change” policies while promoting the use of recreational drugs.
The far-left budget increases the Governor’s socialist free daycare program by over $15.3 million in taxpayers’ dollars.
The analysis of the bill further notes that with the Economic Development Department, the budget addresses “the agency’s top priorities, such as adding an additional $1 million in recurring job training incentive program (JTIP) funding, filling vacancies in the film department, creating a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion office and expanding the number of regional representatives available to local communities.” The creation of a “justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion office” is the propagation of Critical Race Theory (CRT) into the state’s framework.
According to the Albuquerque Journal:
Lujan Grisham also vetoed several references to “public health orders” issued by her administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, though she left intact funding for the State Fair and other entities negatively impacted by the pandemic.
In an executive message to lawmakers, the Democratic governor said some of the vetoed language sought to unlawfully intrude into the executive branch’s managerial duties.
The “Republicans” who voted with the far-left Democrats on the budget in the House include Gail Armstrong (Magdalena), Brian Baca (Valencia), Rachel Black (Alamogordo), Jack Chatfield (Tucumcari), Kelly Fajardo (Tome-Adelino), Joshua Hernandez (Rio Rancho), T. Ryan Lane (Aztec), Bill Rehm (Albuquerque), Luis Terrazas (Bayard), and Jane Powdrell-Culbert (Corrales). Fajardo is not seeking reelection while Black and Powdrell-Culbert face primary challenges. The primary election will be on June 7, 2022.