Susana Martinez on Budget & Economy
Post-stimulus, balanced the budget without raising taxes
For years, government overspent and as federal stimulus dollars dried up, we had holes throughout the budget. The state of our state was one of financial crisis. We faced a tremendous challenge.
Many said we couldn't get it done, that we could not both balance the budget and still protect our priorities. We had a vigorous debate. Some felt we should have raised taxes despite the jobs that would have been lost.
Others felt we needed deep cuts in education and Medicaid.
I'm proud of the fact that we were able to work together--the Legislature and the Governor--Democrats and Republicans.
We came together and found a better way. We protected classroom spending and Medicaid. And we did not raise taxes.
Source: 2012 New Mexico State of the State Address
, Jan 17, 2012
Cut spending to balance state budget
In order to balance our budget and address our state's fiscal crisis, we must act quickly to cut waste from government. This is the beginning of our fight to balance the budget and rein in government spending.
It's time to cut spending, shrink government, and commit ourselves to protecting taxpayer money rather than wasting it.
Source: 2011 N.M. gubernatorial press release #110126_2
, Jan 26, 2011
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