New Poll: 57% of New Mexicans disapprove of Gov. Martinez. Here’s why.

New polling by ProgressNowNM and Public Policy Polling show that a large majority of New Mexicans now disapprove of the job Susana Martinez is doing as governor — and an even larger number oppose Republican plans to oppose common-sense revenue enhancements to balance the budget. At the request of ProgressNowNM, Public Policy Polling (PPP) conducted a survey of 881 New Mexico voters (voted in 2016 elections) using a combination of live and online surveys from Thursday February 23 – Saturday February 26, 2017. Governor Martinez Job Approval

The governor maintains her historically low job approval ratings, with just 42% of New Mexicans believing she is doing a good or excellent job, while 57% disapprove (including 59% of self-identified Hispanic voters). While Martinez’s approval ratings continue to hover in this area (last pinned at 42% in 8/16 by an Albuquerque Journal poll), her disapproval ratings are significantly worse: down to 57% from 44% in the Journal’s August poll. Just 2% of voters statewide are unsure of their opinion of Martinez (down from 14% in August), a surprisingly low number and sign that undecided voters are overwhelmingly seeing Martinez negatively.

New Poll: 61% of NM voters oppose more corporate tax cuts (incl. a majority of Republicans). So why is Gov. Martinez against it?

New polling by ProgressNowNM and Public Policy Polling show that a large majority of New Mexicans now disapprove of the job Susana Martinez is doing as governor — and an even larger number oppose Republican plans to oppose common-sense revenue enhancements to balance the budget. At the request of ProgressNowNM, Public Policy Polling (PPP) conducted a survey of 881 New Mexico voters (voted in 2016 elections) using a combination of live and online surveys from Thursday February 23 – Saturday February 26, 2017. Specific Revenue Enhancements

The most popular revenue enhancement is an increase in the cigarette tax by $1.50 to $1.88 per pack. 82% of 2016 voters support this (71% strongly). 88% of Democrats, 78% of Republicans and 77% of independents support this proposal.  The strongest opposition came from just 14% of Republicans and 13% of independent voters.

New Poll: New Mexicans want legislature to tax wealthy, corps., cigarettes – not cut education, Medicaid or public safety

New polling by ProgressNowNM and Public Policy Polling show that a large majority of New Mexicans now disapprove of the job Susana Martinez is doing as governor — and an even larger number oppose Republican plans to oppose common-sense revenue enhancements to balance the budget. At the request of ProgressNowNM, Public Policy Polling (PPP) conducted a survey of 881 New Mexico voters (voted in 2016 elections) using a combination of live and online surveys from Thursday February 23 – Saturday February 26, 2017. Specific Proposals to Cut Budget Areas

63% of 2016 voters oppose cuts to Medicaid to balance the budget. Democrats most strongly hold this view (74% of Democrats oppose cuts) – but independent voters show a strong preference for opposing cuts: 65% oppose. 63% of 2016 voters oppose more cuts to public schools – with almost half of 2016 voters, 47%, strongly opposing this proposal (largest “strong oppose” number of any proposal tested).

MVD automatic voter registration bill revived

In a move reminiscent of a Walking Dead episode, a previously dead voter automatic voter registration bill came back to live in a House Committee Tuesday, then passed and walked out of committee headed to the House Floor for full consideration. 

Democrats Debbie Rodella (D-Española) and Daymon Ely (D-Corrales) took heat earlier in the week when they voted with Republicans against a previous version of the bill in theHouse Local Government, Elections and Land Grant Committee. But Ely told reporters and Facebook followers that his vote against the bill was strategic, not ideological.  House rules only allow a member who voted to table (voting to stall a bill in committee) to call it back up for a new vote on another day. On Tuesday, Ely recalled the bill and allowed the sponsor to introduce new clarifying language, supported by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse, giving persons registering for MVD services the opportunity to opt-in to registering to vote.  The previous version did not require MVD to notify persons that they would be registered to vote as well.

Action Alert: Health Security Act needs your help

Guest blog from Josette Haddad – the Health Security for NM Campaign Communications Coordinator

The Health Security Act – HB 101 – is on the floor of the house and the vote for final passage will be taken tomorrow (Friday, February 24).  The votes are tight so we need people to call their legislators now!! With the Affordable Care Act’s future in question, it is more important than ever for New Mexico to pass the Health Security Act (HB 101), which would create a New Mexico health plan that automatically covers almost all residents, provides freedom of choice of health care provider, including across state lines, and shifts private insurance to a supplemental role. We need your help so the bill can then move on to the senate. Please call your representative about this important legislation. Ask your friends, your family members, and others around the state to call their representatives too.

[Listen] Voices of Progress: ProgressNow’s Pat Davis Talks with Generation Justice About ProgressNow, Advice For Young Organizers and Where This All Goes

ProgressNow New Mexico is one of the state’s largest and most read political advocacy organizations.  But it wasn’t always that way.  Pat Davis, ProgressNow’s Executive Director and an Albuquerque City Councilor, sat down last week with Generation Justice on KUNM to talk about ProgressNow, complacency and activism and how the progressive movement is growing in New Mexico. Have you ever wondered why ProgressNow started and where it came from? Is this new resistance movement our Tea Party?

House Republicans Stop Solar Tax Credits, Jobs in Committee

From KRWG, Las Cruces: 

 House Republicans Wednesday voted against House Bill 193 in the House Business and Industry committee along a partisan 5-5 vote. HB 193 would have made permanent and expanded New Mexico’s investment in solar energy, creating jobs and diversifying the state’s economy at a time when its over reliance on oil and gas has left us in a deep financial crisis.  Sponsored by Representative Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), HB 193 made permanent the Solar Market Development Tax Credits as well as offering them to both private individuals, low income families as well as commercial businesses. “Never has our state had such a huge need to diversify its economy and to create jobs in industries that are immune to cuts in the federal budget or swings in the price of oil and natural gas,” said Representative Ely. “At a time when New Mexicans are wondering why we aren’t the solar capital of the world, it is really disappointing to see my colleagues across the aisle fail to recognize the job creating potential of solar energy.”

House Bill 193 would have increased the solar tax credit from 10% to 15% of the cost of purchase and installation for families making less than $43,871 per year. The new “solar market development corporate income tax credit” would’ve allowed businesses to claim 10% of the purchase and installation cost of a solar energy system. Currently, there are 96 solar companies who call New Mexico home that employs around 2,000 individuals.