This is it, the final, #1 example of how the Governor has been derelict in her duties and failed all New Mexicans as a leader and human being. The Governor’s attack on stream access is atrocious because it is one of the most direct examples of pay for play in recent memory, and she took away a right of all New Mexicans, and most didn’t even realize it.
It is, of course, the role and right of any governor to veto bills that he or she believes to not be in the best interest of the people. What’s not okay is to veto bills that are desperately needed to elevate the status of people across the state, especially our vulnerable populations, especially without reason.
This one hits particularly close to home, as our state’s young people are the root of the positive changes we should expect and hope for in the state we love. In September of last year, while legislators again tried to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards to improve educational outcomes for students across the state, the Governor released her own version of the standards, ignoring common sense, national education best practices, and the will of educators and parents in every corner of New Mexico.
As the new year starts to pick up speed, as our 30-day legislative session creeps ever closer, we thought it’s the perfect time to highlight some of the failures of our state’s commander-in-chief, Governor Susana Martinez. Between now and the first day of session, when Governor Martinez is set to give her last State of the State Address, Progress Now NM is pleased to present the top five times Governor Martinez has failed the people of New Mexico.
It is just over two weeks away! The 2018 Progressive Action Summit is approaching. This year’s Summit will mark the third from ProgressNow New Mexico, in two years. This year, we’ve expanded our reach by reaching out to our Progressive Alliance partners, America Votes and the Center for Civic Policy. As a trio, with added capacity and collaboration from El Centro de Igualidad y Derechos, Olé, Equality New Mexico, Working Families, and more – we are bringing Albuquerque a day of action like never seen before!
Be part of New Mexico’s largest day of action. Come help us start 2018 with the momentum necessary to change the landscape of politics not only locally, but on a national scale. If more than two-dozen community organizations in one building talking about change doesn’t excite you enough to buy your ticket now, there will also be a lunchtime plenary featuring Gubernatorial candidates and surprise guest speakers in the realm of elected officials – let’s just say, some Progressive Champions are going to take the stage.
Working alongside and in step with organizations like, Olé, El Centro de Iguallidad y Derechos, Working Families, America Votes, The Center for Civic Policy, Equality New Mexico, Southwest Organizing Project, and more, I am excited about the possibilities, we can create together, beginning January 20th. Join me – and help me spread the word. Think about what it means for you, think about what it means for us, and then show up.
Before we end 2017, please consider one last thing for your 2018 to-do list: making a year-end gift to help us start 2018 off right! Six years ago, Susana Martinez had just finished her first year in office promising that big corporate tax cuts would create New Mexico jobs. That wasn’t true and we knew it, but Democrats and Republicans alike bought in. ALEC was adding new members in New Mexico and the Koch brothers were testing out new state-based strategies to attack unions and lower wages. We started ProgressNow’s network in New Mexico because we were tired of waiting for someone else to take on the fight. Today, that network is one of the state’s biggest and most vocal unapologetically progressive organizations, and the undisputed go-to source of progressive news for the state. With Trump in the White House and the possibility of Steve Pearce ending up in Roundhouse, New Mexico has never needed progressive leaders and actions more.
Look forward to breakout sessions that touch on topics like “alternative” approaches to economic development, race class and gender in politics, tapping the permanent fund for early childhood education, approaching New Mexico’s opioid epidemic, and how to be a good neighbor to Albuquerque’s unsheltered populations, just to name a few.
Enjoy opening remarks by some of New Mexico’s progressive champions – leaders who have helped to assure accountability in our election processes, improve opportunities for our youth, and pushed for real growth of New Mexico’s economy. At lunch, you’ll hear from Gubernatorial candidates as to why they’re right for your vote and for our state. Needless to say, there will not be a dull moment on January 20th. Tickets will sell and sell fast – don’t wait to buy yours at the door.