STATE SEN. MICHAEL SANCHEZ: Governor leaves out details behind failure of capital projects measure (Rio Rancho Observer)

STATE SEN. MICHAEL SANCHEZ: Governor leaves out details behind failure of capital projects measure

Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 8:00 pm

Following the governor’s press conference at the end of the 2015 legislative session, residents of New Mexico might be excused for being confused about what actually happened to spending on infrastructure projects across the state.  Gov. Susana Martinez did not help matters when she leveled false accusations against Senate Democrats.

On Saturday at a widely-covered press conference, the governor ripped into Senate Democrats for “killing” projects and jobs. This is nonsense that she knows to be untrue. The governor’s accusations leave out many important details about what actually happened and why.

The short version of the real story is that Gov. Martinez and her close allies, the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives, are blaming Democrats for eliminating funds for capital outlay projects that they themselves stripped from the Senate’s capital outlay bill. They replaced these projects with expensive construction projects the Senate had never seen before. Then they sent the radically revised bill to us less than 18 minutes before noon, the mandatory end of the 60-day legislative session.

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