Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gets high marks for her hard work in first legislative session.
Santa Fe New Mexican editorial: Economic initiatives pushed by Governor Lujan Grisham and Democrats in the Roundhouse “are targeted economic investments, the kinds of spending that should lead to job growth in all corners of the state.”
ABQ Journal editorial: “Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham – who will get a nice political bump nationally – added her considerable political muscle to pushing the legislation, with a half dozen top officials in her administration testifying in support of the measure during a three-hour hearing before the House Judiciary Committee this week.”
Santa Fe New Mexican editorial: “Taken as a whole, the 2019 legislative session has laid a foundation for New Mexico to grow a stronger, more broad-based economy. […] Democrats, Republicans and a governor unafraid to push her priorities helped make this a productive legislative session. And that will help New Mexico move forward.”
KRQE: “In the final 24 hours, [the Legislature is] still sending important bills to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham—like raising the minimum wage and a bill to pay a huge chunk off of the Hollywood tab.”
ABQ Journal: “Michelle Lujan Grisham […] aggressively pushed for legislation dealing with education, health care and the economy.”
Weekly Alibi: “A successful Democratic Party did its utmost to get citizens where they are today. Their meeting will begin to serve as a definition our state’s direction for years to come. That kind of hopeful rhetoric caught on in both legislative chambers of the Roundhouse this year. The effects are reflected in the names of the policies and laws enacted by a group of politicians that had been marginalized for the past eight years under a Republican administration that did its best to break New Mexico’s back.”
Observers agree policy from session puts New Mexico on strong footing for the future.
KOAT: “Tax bill good for New Mexico families, experts say”
ABQ Journal editorial: “[L]awmakers have accomplished a fair bit in the past two months after hitting the ground running with the ambitious so-called ‘rocket docket’”
Santa Fe New Mexican: “But for many Democrats, the tax bill was an opportunity to shore up the state’s finances for the long term, wean New Mexico off its reliance on oil and get past the last administration’s budget cuts and what they view as its ideology of austerity.”
ABQ Journal editorial: The Energy Transition Act “has an impressive coalition of supporters as a number of environmental and business groups have joined forces with PNM to forge ahead with the proposal.”