Legislators wrap up ‘grueling’ session
By Elva K. Österreich
Las Cruces Bulletin
The agreement is the money ran out and New Mexico needs to find sources of revenue not tied up in the oil and gas industry. But that is about all the parties could agree on during the 2016 legislative session this go around.
Rep. Doreen Gallegos (D-Doña Ana-52) described the session as “grueling.”
“When we got there, we thought we had $230 million extra,” she said. “Then we realized there was not so much, but it was $30 million. Then, by the time it was over, we were looking at deficits. Lots of good services and agencies are going to suffer.”
Gallegos said plummeting oil and gas prices are the biggest problem.
“We need to look at how to generate other forms of money to make a budget,” she said. Solar energy is one of the big ones she would like to see.
Rep. Andrew “Andy” Nuñez (RDoña Ana-36) also said New Mexico needs to look at other revenue sources.