SANTA FE – Senate Democrats have called on Gov. Susana Martinez to convene the New Mexico Legislature in an emergency special session to fix the quickly expanding budget deficit that has resulted from plummeting state revenues.
A new report last week revealed that the State spent between $150-$200 million more than it had budgeted in the fiscal year that just ended, and the year ahead looks even worse. Senate Democrats also vowed to oppose any proposal to cut public school classroom funds or higher education for universities or colleges in the course of addressing the budget crisis.
“The longer the Governor delays in calling back the Legislature to deal with this pressing crisis, the worse it is going to be for children, families and communities across New Mexico. It is irresponsible to think that we can continue to kick the can down the road. We are already spending money we do not have,” said Democratic Senate Majority Floor Leader, Sen. Michael S. Sanchez (D-29-Bernalillo and Valencia).
In response to Senate Democrats’ call last week for convening a special session of the State Legislature, House Republicans denied that the state is slipping into financial crisis, and rejected urgent action.
“We will not support any cuts to K-12 or higher education,” Sen. Sanchez said. “We refuse to balance the budget on the backs of children and families who want their kids to be educated through high school and college. We ask House Republicans and the Governor to join us in that commitment.”