Legislative Session Underway

THE 2020 NEW MEXICO LEGISLATIVE SESSION HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN IN SANTA FE. IT’LL BE A 30 DAY SESSION…MOSTLY DEVOTED TO COMING UP WITH A BUDGET FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR. GOVERNOR MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM HAS PUT FORTH AN AMBITIOUS AGENDA…INCLUDING PROVIDING TUITION-FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION…LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA…AND SPENDING MORE MONEY ON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. THE GOVERNOR IS PROPOSING AN 8-PERCENT INCREASE IN GENERAL FUND SPENDING…TO AROUND 7.7 BILLION DOLLARS. LUJAN GRISHAM WANTS TO SHORE UP A STATE PENSION FUND, INCREASE MEDICAID SPENDING, AND PROVIDE PAY HIKES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL AND STATE EMPLOYEES.

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