Governor Plunges State Into A Sea Of Red Ink And Then Begs Congress For More Financial Help
ALBUQUERQUE, SEPTEMBER 10 — In a shameful political public display, Gov. Lujan Grisham today testified virtually before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, calling on lawmakers to pump millions of more COVID-19 relief funding into New Mexico. She talked about the state’s “healthy fiscal posture prior to the arrival of COVID-19,” saying the virus has created an economic downturn and fiscal crisis for New Mexico.
She has created the fiscal mess and economic destruction that we all must deal with at this time. The governor’s reckless and wild spending via her progressive agenda has left the state with a billion dollar budget hole. And it will be tough to dig out. Gov. Lujan Grisham is wrong when she says New Mexico’s fiscal situation was “healthy” before COVID-19 hit.
During the past two years, the Lujan Grisham Administration has spent like drunken sailors, taxed New Mexicans viciously and has failed to heed warnings from conservative lawmakers that a day of reckoning will arrive because of unreliable oil revenues which make up 40% of the state’s coffers.
Now the governor wants President Trump’s Administration to bail her out—again. This request suggests her incompetence after the federal government has already provided hundreds of millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief to New Mexico.
“COVID-19 didn’t create this New Mexico crisis,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce. “The governor is responsible for this complete fiscal mess and economic ruin. She has mishandled our state budget, overspent and caused an economic crisis with her irrational decisions that have damaged our economy and peoples’ livelihoods. She doesn’t know how to control spending and her huge deficits have added fuel to the COVID-19 fire. It’s just wrong to blame other things for her fiscal problems here and ask for additional help.”