AFSCME Council 18

Political update: legislature has workers' back (Political Update #22)

In a remarkably efficient legislative session, the House and Senate passed a budget for the coming fiscal year that protected state employees from pay cuts and protected all public employees from a major attack on PERA.  Your calls and emails were a big part of this victory, so thank you to everyone who played a part in defending our jobs!

CALL Governor Martinez TODAY, ask her to sign the budget and bills on her desk!


Our Democratic allies in both chambers were joined by Senate Republicans and some House Republicans in passing the budget, though it was only Republicans who supported raiding PERA as part of the budget fix.  Dems killed that plan quickly--here is a column about why it was an illegal, terrible idea to steal from workers' retirement: Pension raid proposal is nothing more than grandstanding

While it's less than ideal that Gov. Martinez insisted on borrowing money from future bonding capacity to help balance the budget, legislators compromised to give her that item while closing one loophole on out-of-state corporations and closing loopholes for some special interests in New Mexico.

The budget and loophole-closing bills are on the Governor's desk, and she has until Monday to sign or veto them.  

Call Gov. Martinez at 505-476-2200 TODAY (her office phones are closed over the weekend) to ask her to sign the budget and other bills on her desk.

Thanks for your calls and emails. Enjoy the long weekend and your well-earned time with family and friends, please remember those who have sacrificed so much for all of us this Memorial Day weekend.

In Solidarity!

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