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Governor Lujan Grisham makes budget recommendations for fiscal year 2023

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Public Safety

Lujan Grisham wants $14.6 million to raise 20% for New Mexico State Police officers and $100 million to help departments hire a thousand new officers statewide.

“She is proposing $100 million to recruit, train and retain police officers,” said Nora Meyers Sackett, press secretary for the Governor’s Office.

Education

The governor’s budget proposal also includes $277 million for education – which would increase the base salary of teachers and increase pay by 7% for teachers and school staff.

“With those increases, we’re looking to make teachers in New Mexico the highest median salary of any state in the region, and that’s a really big step forward,” Sackett said. New Mexico. “Teachers across the country, in many states, are underpaid and we don’t want that to happen in New Mexico anymore.”

Economic development

The Governor proposed $18.5 million to the Department of Economic Development for job training and local economic development.

“These are incredibly successful programs that bring exciting new companies into New Mexico and invest in homegrown companies in New Mexico so they can expand,” says Sackett. “They bring new jobs into communities large and small across the state.”

The budget proposal includes the following:

  • $276.9 million increase of 7% for New Mexico education workers and increase in pay for basic educators
  • $195.1 million to expand pre-K capacity, including raise wages for early childhood educators and roll out new programs
  • $100 million to recruit, hire, and retain law enforcement officers and officers across the state
  • $85.5 million for tuition-free college expansion through Opportunity Scholarship
  • $52.4 million to raise wages for public employees
  • $50 million to establish a media academy focused on training, internships, and other resources for students interested in entering the state’s film and media industries
  • $50 million one-time for Local Economic Development Act program
  • $18.2 million to local fire department to purchase equipment, enhance equipment, and upgrade facilities
  • $14.6 million to raise and pay New Mexico State Police Officers
  • $14.4 million invested in hunger initiatives for children, families, adults and seniors
  • $13 million in recurring and non-recurring grants to the state Employment Training Incentive Program
  • $11.4 million for early literacy programs for K-12 students, including specialized reading instruction and student support
  • $10.5 million for higher education programs that help teachers pay for college and pay off loans
  • $10 million for a state dual-credit program for high school students for college credit
  • $6.5 million for state Department of Cannabis Control
  • $3 million for a caregiver program at home
  • $2.5 million to establish a 15-person Climate Change Office focused on implementing policies that reflect the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals

Full details of recommendations available here.

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/gov-lujan-grisham-releases-budget-recommendations-for-2023-fiscal-year/6351316/?cat=500 Governor Lujan Grisham makes budget recommendations for fiscal year 2023

Yasmin Harisha

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