SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 176 – General Appropriations for three judicial branches.
The bill contained money for the New Mexico Supreme Court, the 2nd Judicial District and the 12th Judical District in Alamogodo.
Following the governor’s veto of SB176, Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth released the following statement:
“Governor Martinez’ reckless veto tonight will close courts and hurt New Mexico families. As a result of her action, juries will not be funded, criminal cases will be dismissed, and some criminals will walk free.
The Legislature has lots of “skin in the game.” It took significant cuts in the current budget year. It’s time for the Governor to end the partisan games and work on the serious budget crisis facing our state.”
House Speaker Brian Egolf also responded to the Governor’s Veto of Senate Bill 176:
“In this situation, the stakes are too high to engage in political gamesmanship. The paychecks of hardworking New Mexicans are at stake and we will not engage in divisive political rhetoric. We must honor our commitment to the hardworking staff of the Legislative branch so that we can focus on the challenges before us – creating the jobs that are desperately needed in our state and turning around our state’s dismal economy.”