Attempting to distract from his history of attacks on public education and his lack of support from educators and families across New Mexico, Steve Pearce lashed out with a false attack on Michelle Lujan Grisham Thursday, claiming in a campaign email that her “extreme policies will cut hundreds of millions from New Mexico schools.” This bold faced lie is even worse given that Steve Pearce has voted numerous times to take millions of dollars out of public schools to create voucher programs that would devastate New Mexico’s already broken public education system.
Michelle Lujan Grisham is the only candidate committed to halting appeal of the landmark education lawsuit and reinvesting in New Mexico classrooms. And while Pearce falsely accuses Michelle of wanting to cut education funding, he’s got a long track record of voting to underfund education and hurt New Mexico students that he keeps trying to run from.
“Pearce will always pick vouchers and multi-billion dollar cuts over New Mexico students, educators, and families,” said Joe Kabourek, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “We can’t punish our kids with the Martinez/Skandera/Pearce ‘cut first, ask questions later’ approach to education any longer.”
Pearce stands by Susana Martinez and won’t commit to halting state’s education funding lawsuit appeal
- NM In Depth: “Lujan Grisham’s opponent, Republican Steve Pearce, still hasn’t made a decision about whether or not he’d continue an appeal.”
Pearce has voted for extreme right wing education budget cuts for years
- 1999: Pearce voted to cut $300m from NM public schools to push a school voucher plan instead of supporting teacher raises and education funding: Pearce voted against a special session budget that included funding for education priorities, including a 5.25% salary increase for public school teachers, 5% more for higher education, and $5m for early childhood literacy. But Pearce voted for a bill that would, according to the ABQ Journal, “have given vouchers to about 100,000 poor children in its first year at a potential cost of $300 million which would have come out of the state’s public schools budget.” [HB 4 1999 1st Special; HB21 1999 1st Special; AP, 3/12/1999; AP 5/13/1999; AP, 5/10/1999; AP, 5/22/1999; AP, 5/14/1999; AP, 3/20/1999; Albuquerque Journal, 3/20/1999]
- 2003: Pearce Supported Budget Cutting public education by $38b. In 2003, Pearce voted in favor of a budget resolution that provided for $1.3 trillion in taxpayers cuts over ten years, while cutting programs for children and public education by $38 billion over ten years, below the amount needed to maintain current service levels. The budget passed 215-212. [HCR 95, Vote #82, 3/20/03]
- 2005: Pearce Voted to Cut Education by $806 Million. [HR 3010, Vote #321, 6/24/05]
- 2005: Pearce Opposed Additional $7 Billion to Fund Priority Education Programs. [HR 3010, Vote #320, 6/24/05]
- 2005: Pearce Voted to Cut Education by $784 Million. [HR 3010, Vote #598, 11/17/05]
- 2007: Pearce Opposed FY08 Budget that Invested in Education, Innovation Agenda. In 2007, Pearce voted against the fiscal year 2008 budget conference report that began to reverse six years of Republican fiscal mismanagement, provided for middle-class tax relief and would return the budget to balance – reaching a surplus of $41 billion in 2012 – without raising taxes. [SCR 21, Vote #377, 5/17/07]
- 2009: Pearce Opposed Fiscally Responsible FY 2009 Budget with $85.3 Billion for Education. [H Con Res 312, Vote #141, 3/13/08]
- 2013: Pearce Voted for Partisan Education Bill Would Gut Public Education Funding by $1 Billion. [Washington Post, 7/19/13] The bill passed 221-207. [HR 5, Vote #374, 7/19/13]
- 2014: Pearce voted for Ryan Budget to cut education funding by $145m. [H. Con. Res, 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13, New York Times, 4/1/2014]