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New Mexico Governor asks for $1 billion spending increase to fund ‘generational change’

New Mexico lawmakers and its governor, Michellle Lujan Grisham, have proposed a $1 billion budget increase for the next fiscal year.

The lawmakers say the spending increase will help fund important cornerstones of New Mexico’s infrastructure, and fund the state’s “opportunity for generational change with the amount of money that we have,” Democratic Sen. George Muñoz of Gallup told the Las Cruces Sun News.

The boost in spending, which comes in at roughly a 14 percent increase from last fiscal year, would be used to increase access to healthcare, raising pay for educators, and “providing new investments in child wellbeing and public safety.”

Educators would receive a 7 percent pay raise, and additional funds would be utilized to shore up “child wellbeing and public safety.” The increase also budgets for incremental pay raises for employees at all state government agencies. 

“There’s a saying that budget is policy, and this executive recommendation paints a clear picture of where this administration stands and where my priorities lie,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.

“These are investments that take us beyond the status quo, beyond decades of unnecessary austerity – these are investments that carry our state and its people into a future that lifts up every New Mexican,” the Governor’s proposal reads.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: AP NEWS

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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