After 2 terms in office, Governor Susanna Martinez left New Mexico with a 2 billion dollar surplus. She did this by stopping democrat efforts to spend, spend, spend. And who do democrats spend money on...their constituents.
In 2018, Michelle Lujan Grisham was elected governor and a host of democrat legislators came with her. Surplus? What surplus. That was gone in the first year as the new governor handed out raises in a very generous manner.
In the second year, more raises to government employees, teachers, and department heads and an explosion of government spending to 7.7 billion dollars. And then what happens? The bottom drops out of the oil market and tax revenues from the oil industry account for something like 40 percent of the state budget. And the Coronavirus.
Now the state is losing out on business related tax revenue because the governor shut down the economy. This is what happens when certain politicians gain control of the government and they are able to control the way resources are allocated. The resources go to their friends. When we need the flexibility to address a multitude of problems, the government imposes inflexibility, a one size fits all approach that does not make sense.
As President Reagan said so long ago, seems like yesterday to me, government can't fix the problem, government is the problem.
Candidate for NM House District 27, NE Albuquerque, Robert "Bob" Godshall is retired from Homeland Security. Most of Bob's career was spent protecting our nation's interior as an ICE and Border Patrol Agent. A long-time homeowner in the district, Bob is a former Vice Chairman of Ward 27 of the county Republican Party. He is recently a proud grandfather.