Gov. Martinez vetoed the legislature’s entire budget in spiteful budget battle

After facing criticism for leaving more than 200 bills unsigned on her desk while leaving the state to speak at a conference of Tennessee workers, Martinez surprised nearly everyone by coming back to the state to announce hundreds-of-millions of dollars in vetoes, including vetoes to the entire budgets of every state college and university and the entire budget of the legislature, a branch she admits in her veto message is supposed to be a co-equal branch of government. The vetoed version of the budget includes line-item vetoes of the entire legislative budget.  

At $18.7 million, the budget for the entire branch of government amounts to just 0.03% of the state’s $6 billion budget. Gov. also vetoes legislator memberships, keeps $100,000 in memberships for her out-of-state conferences and travel
Martinez also vetoed memberships and funds for travel for state legislators to attend legislative events but she kept more than $100,000 for her own memberships to governor’s conferences she frequently attends of out state at taxpayer expense, including the National and Western States Governors Associations.  
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Wait, What? The Governor Vetoed College?

As a student, father, husband, son, current Master’s student, and former college professor and high school teacher, I sit at my keyboard and type this statement with tears in my eyes, and in a complete state of disbelief. Our Governor has chosen to balance the budget by cutting ALL funding to higher education in New Mexico. Yes, you read that right – now let it sink in a bit. Read more:

Gov. Martinez vetoed every college and university in New Mexico because the Senate won’t confirm her partisan nominee. As a college student in 2000, I worked at Albuquerque High School, as a mentor for the Enlace program.

Water and public safety projects get the axe as Gov.’s vetoes continue to sting

Last week, Gov. Susana Martinez nixed over $8 million in capital outlay spending, meaning there’s now $8 million less being pumped into New Mexico’s economy than there otherwise could be. And some counties will feel the pain harder than others. Most of the projects vetoed by Martinez were projects sponsored by Democrats or co-sponsored by high profile Democrats. Only 9%, or 14 projects total, that went under the knife were sponsored by Republican lawmakers. New Mexico is a large state geographically (5th largest in the U.S.) and although high density populations are centered in some cities, outlying communities near cities were seriously undercut by the governor’s vetoes this year.

Gov. OK’s $1 million in new gun ranges, axes detox/homeless shelter

Governor Martinez used her veto pen today to kill more than 150 already paid-for public projects across the state.  That’s a big headline on it’s own; but it’s even more relevant when we compare a few of the things she did, and didn’t, veto from the state budget. For the third time in four years, Governor Martinez vetoed critical state funding for the only detox and homeless shelter in the Gallup region. 25 people have died from alcohol-related exposure deaths there over the past two winters, KOB TV recently reported. Senators Udall and Heinrich stepped up to help find federal funding to fill the gap left by the governor’s veto last year. This year’s funding would have provided shelter and detox services into next winter, but this veto leaves funding uncertain for the many alcohol-dependent and homeless New Mexicans in the area where alcoholism and homelessness exceed the state and national average by several times.  A Democratic state legislator has inserted the appropriation, in different forms, for the past four years.

Governor Martinez vetoes bill to help families of gay soldiers; signs bill limiting help to straight-only couples

April 8th at 4:12pm
Governor Martinez vetoes bill to help families of gay soldiers; signs bill limiting help to straight-only couples
Republicans across the country are coming out for equality.  But not in New Mexico, and certainly not Governor Susana Martinez. The legislature sent Republican Governor Martinez two versions of the same bill, HB180 and SB258, making it easier for the state to help our active duty and retired service members and their spouses obtain professional licenses like those issued from the state for contractors and barbers.  It’s a good idea that seems simple enough. The only difference?  The Senate version contained an amendment, offered by Sen. Jacob Candelaria, to be sure domestic partners of gay service members would be covered too. On Friday she made her choice: Governor Martinez vetoed the version to extend help to partners of gay service members. In the post-“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era, openly gay service members are proudly serving and dying for our country.  And their partners back home bear the same burdens as their straight neighbors.