In an op-ed published Sunday in the Las Cruces Sun-News, Senator Martin Heinrich, Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, Representative Ben Ray Lujan, State Senator Howie Morales, State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, Xochitl Torres Small, and Deb Haaland called for a permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
The LWCF is set to expire this Sunday, and unless Congress acts before then, one of the most successful environmental programs in our history is in danger of ending.
The Op-Ed correctly points out that the LWCF does more than grow and preserve New Mexico’s outdoor spaces:
“New Mexico’s outdoor recreation industry contributed $10 billion to our state’s economy last year, and supported 99,000 jobs. Our national park service lands alone, brought in two million visitors, who spent an estimated $116 million in the local surrounding regions.”
Unfortunately many politicians like Steve Pearce, are unwilling to commit to a permanent funding solution, which leaves the LWCF open to partisan sabotage in the future.
That’s why New Mexico’s Democratic leaders are calling for permanent reauthorization:
“Each of one us, signed here, supports a permanent funding solution for the LWCF, and we call on every person running for office to do the same.”
The New Mexico Democratic Party supports the effort for a permanent reauthorization and we call on every candidate to do the same.