Representative Christine Chandler from Los Alamos shared some big ideas for the budget surplus the state legislature will get to work with in the 60-day session this winter. It was published in three papers over the weekend. Here is an excerpt:
Diversifying and stabilizing our revenues are critical to building the foundation for a stronger New Mexico and ensuring that our state can fund vital programs in times of both boom and bust. We must use this once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure our revenues are sustainable and can support the programs that matter most to our kids, families and communities…
We can and should use these revenues to continue to build on the historic investments we’ve made in our classrooms, our health care systems and our infrastructure since 2019. Bringing broadband, safe roads and bridges, and modern water systems to every community will have an immense payoff for New Mexicans both now and in the future.
We should also make investments in infrastructure that can slow the climate crisis and withstand extreme weather. These smart fiscal policies will create employment opportunities, attract new employers to the state, and protect our precious natural resources and public lands.
We look forward to talking with Rep. Chandler and her colleagues soon about how a public bank can support these investments!