Santa Fe – Today, Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) announced the remainder of Committees and Chair appointments. These are a total of seventeen standing and procedural committees in the New Mexico House of Representatives. The committees are as follows:
House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee
Honorable Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), Chair
Honorable Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming), Vice Chair
Committee members – Rep. Anthony Allison (D-Fruitland), Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla), Rep. Raymundo “Ray” Lara (D- Chamberino), Rep. Paul Bandy (R-Aztec), Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell (R-Roswell), and Rep. Martin Zamora (R-Clovis).
House Commerce and Economic Development Committee
Honorable Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), Chair
Honorable Rep. Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque), Vice Chair
Committee members – Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), Rep. D. Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock), Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Jim Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas), Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas), Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences), and Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R-Corrales).
House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee
Honorable Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Chair
Honorable Rep. Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe), Vice Chair
Committee members – Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell (R-Roswell), and Rep. Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras).
SANTA FE – New Mexico’s House Republicans began the 2019 Legislative Session supporting sound fiscal priorities that put New Mexico first. Republican leaders expressed concern over the Democrat budget proposals during the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session on Tuesday. Budget proposals from both the Governor and the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) call for a more than 10 percent increase in state spending. Such proposals will more than likely lead to future cuts to education and tax increases for New Mexicans.
“We’re making permanent commitments to one-time funding and we’ll have to pay the price in the years ahead,” said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia.) “These proposals mean there will be only two ways to fix overspending in the future: raise taxes or cut budgets.”
Republican leaders expressed support for increased spending on education and roads to ensure all New Mexicans benefit from the budget surplus. The Republican plan calls for pay raises to teachers as well as returning money swept from school districts during lean budget years. Additionally, Republicans are also proposing a significant investment in infrastructure to target repairing and improving roads across the state.
Proposals offered by Democrats would focus on growing government and appeasing special interests in Santa Fe. In addition to the unsustainable amount of yearly spending, the most concerning budget items contained in the proposals include: