Roosevelt County Democratic Party
Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 13 February 2013 - 4:17pm
HB 77 Has Mental Health Tie-In
For Immediate Release
February 13, 2013
Contact: Matt Ross - 505 263 4879
Albuquerque, NM - Today on a 43 to 26 vote House Democrats passed House Bill 77, which closes New Mexico’s gun show loophole and ensures that court records regarding dangerous persons with mental illness are reported to the instant background check system.
Below is a statement from DPNM Chairman Javier Gonzlaes on this bill passing the House:
"On behalf of all the New Mexicans who have been personally impacted by gun violence, I want to thank Representative Miguel Garcia
It's never easy to step up to the plate on tough issues, but Democrats in the House are looking out for what's best for New Mexicans, and that's the kind of integrity we need to move this state forward. Their hard work has paid off, and we are one step closer to taking action to prevent gun violence in New Mexico.
DPNM applauds this vote, we hope Republicans in Santa Fe will join us in putting politics aside to move forward together."
Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 31 January 2013 - 3:50pm
For Immediate Release
January 31, 2013
Contact - Matt Ross (505) 263-4879
Albuquerque, NM - Hanna Skandera is featured prominently in a bombshell Washington Post article today that exposes the foundation created by former Skandera employer Jeb Bush as nothing more than a front group for corporations looking to hijack the American public education system for their own profit.
The business of the foundation is to promote public policy that takes taxpayer money out of the public schools and puts it into the pocket of private corporations, getting us little or nothing in return.
Right here in New Mexico, Hanna Skandera gives the foundation broad access and power - even to the extend of re-writing education legislation to better benefit the foundations corporate funders. This is the damning excerpt from the article laying out exactly how far Skandera was willing to go to let this out of state corporate front group remake our education policy:
FEE provides its donors — including for-profit digital education companies — access to the chiefs. A draft agenda for the Excellence in Action 2011 Summit blocked off two hours for “Chiefs for Change donor meetings.” Another draft agenda for the meeting allocated nearly three hours to “Chiefs for Change donor meetings.” The donors for the summit were the Walton Family Foundation, the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Broad Foundation, the Carnegie Corp., Susan and Bill Oberndorf, GlobalScholar, Target, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Microsoft, State Farm, IQity, McGraw-Hill Education, Doris and Donald Fisher Fund, Intel, Pearson Foundation, Apex Learning, ETS, Electronic Arts, Koret Foundation, SMART Technologies, K12, Morgridge Family Foundation, Charter Schools USA and Connections Academy. Demand for donor time was so high that Patricia Levesque wrote that she had to turn down opportunities for the chiefs to meet other representatives from companies.
• FEE staff served as advisers to acting education commissioner Hanna Skandera. FEE, and, by extension, its donors, had great influence over New Mexico legislation. In a Jan., 2011, e-mail, Skandera directs a staffer from the legislature to forward all education bills to FEE’s Christy Hovanetz for edits: “Can you send all Governor’s office ed bill language to Christy, including social promotion?” Another FEE staffer, Mary Laura Bragg, wrote to Skandera, “I’m at your beck and call.”
• The foundation sought to make connections between Skandera (as well as the other Chiefs for Change) and the Hume Foundation for funds for digital learning projects from Hume that “must flow through the Foundation for Excellence in Education as a project-restricted grant.” The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Oct. 21 that Skandera had indeed applied for such a grant, which ultimately could lead to digital learning legislation favorable to FEE funders Connections Academy and K-12 Inc.
• The e-mails indicate that FEE paid for Skandera’s travel, reimbursing New Mexico $3382.91 for her expenses, including trip to Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress.
"Secretary-Designate Skandera was given a sacred trust and a clear directive to look out for the interest of our children above all. She's taken that trust and sold it off to the highest bidder, giving some out-of-state foundation access and power to do the bidding of a few corporations that stand to gain billions of dollars from the slow privatization of the American Public School system," said Scott Forrester, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
"That's a clear violation of her duty to New Mexico's schoolchildren. We can't trust her to look out for our kids, and I think Susana Martinez needs to step up to the plate here and show some leadership. Unless Skandera was doing this with Susana's full knowledge and approval, in which case this just raises the stakes on the 2014 election that much more," Forrester added.
Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 29 January 2013 - 12:29pm
In Case You Missed It...House and Senate Democrats yesterday announced a jobs plan for New Mexico families.
The contrast with the Governor's plan on how to move New Mexico Forward could not be any clearer.
Democrats introduced $97 million in shovel ready projects, new innovative ideas in the Tech, Film, Agriculture, Energy, and a "Job Council' that will put Business, Industry, and Labor all at the same table to move New Mexico forward.
See below for the coverage on Democrats plan to put New Mexico back to work:
Dems, Gov. Tout Competing Jobs Plans
By Dan Boyd and James Monteleone / Journal Staff Writers on Tue, Jan 29, 2013
SANTA FE — Top-ranking New Mexico Democratic legislators rolled out their plan to spark job growth in New Mexico on Monday, while Gov. Susana Martinez highlighted her proposals to help small businesses statewide.
Martinez and some Democratic lawmakers appear to agree on certain changes to the state’s tax code, but old fights over film incentives and public works projects could flare up again as debate intensifies over how to bolster the state’s struggling economy.
Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose, said Monday that he will sponsor legislation during the 60-day legislative session to repeal the state’s $50 million annual cap on film rebates. Martinez fought to limit film rebates after taking office in 2011.
“We have to send the word out to the (film) industry that we’re stable and we want them here,” Griego said.
Martinez responded by saying she would not support any effort to eliminate or increase the state cap on film incentives.
“I’m not going to take money out of a classroom and tell the kids that the film industry is needing the money,” Martinez said. “You’ve got to prioritize.”
Instead, Martinez proposed rolling over any unspent film credits to the following year rather than having the remaining incentive revert back to the state general fund. That would have been the case this year, as film rebates approved by New Mexico plunged after the annual cap was enacted and did not reach the $50 million figure.
Speaking to members of the commercial real estate development group NAIOP in Albuquerque, Martinez also outlined new details about her plan to offer a $1,000 tax credit for each new worker hired by small businesses between Jan. 1 this year and Dec. 31, 2014. To qualify for the one-time credit, a company must have fewer than 100 employees.
“I believe this type of credit, targeted to help our small businesses succeed, will provide a strong incentive to create new jobs that otherwise wouldn’t be created, to signal confidence in our economy,” Martinez said.
The Republican governor also reiterated her proposal to expand funding for the state Job Training Incentive Program, which pays a portion of the wages for a newly hired employee being trained on the job.
Meanwhile, Democrats said at the unveiling of their “New Mexico Jobs Now” initiative that their package of bills is more well-rounded than the governor’s plan, which focuses largely on tax cuts and credits.
In addition to the proposed repeal of the film rebate cap, Democrats also said they would push legislation to enact new green energy tax credits, help rural food producers and create a governmental jobs council that would include private sector and labor union membership.
Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-Albuquerque, said the various bills would help tackle what he described as a “crisis” in the state’s economy.
“We’re concerned that the governor’s plan doesn’t quite get there,” Keller said.
— This article appeared on page A3 of the Albuquerque Journal
Democrats propose lifting film subsidy cap in N.M.
By Barry Massey | The Associated Press
A fight is brewing between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over whether New Mexico should offer more tax subsidies for film production.
House and Senate Democratic legislative leaders said Monday they’re working on measures to boost the economy and create jobs. One proposal is to lift a cap on film tax incentives.
New Mexico provides a 25 percent refund on certain expenditures on film and television projects.
The state will hand out no more than $50 million in tax credits each year under a law enacted in 2011, but a proposal by Sen. Phil Griego, a San Jose Democrat, would eliminate the cap.
“We want to send the word out … to this industry that New Mexico is open and wanting them to come here to film,” Griego said Monday at a news conference with Democratic leaders of the House and Senate.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez opposes lifting the cap, according to spokesman Enrique Knell.
However, the administration plans to ask the Legislature to change the law to allow film subsidies that go unused under the yearly limit to be carried over to the next year, potentially providing more than $50 million to be available for film companies in some years.
Knell said the state’s 25 percent tax subsidy “remains a highly competitive rate and, coupled with all of the other tremendous advantages that New Mexico has for filmmaking, we’re continuing to attract productions to our state.”
State officials contend that New Mexico is attractive for television and film production because of its weather, diverse landscape and a strong base of film industry crew members.
The Legislature and GOP governor agreed to the $50 million annual limit after Martinez initially proposed reducing the tax rebate rate to 15 percent.
Both Democrats and Republicans are pushing economic development measures in this year’s 60-day session. The governor has proposed lowering the corporate income tax rate and establishing a tax credit for small businesses that create jobs.
Democrats said they’re considering measures to encourage technology and energy industry jobs. They also said the construction industry will benefit from capital improvement projects that lawmakers expect to finance this year with more than $200 million in available bond financing.
The Stage is Set
This morning Democrats laid out their three-pronged job creation plan, a little less than two weeks after Governor Martinez used the big stage of her State of the State address to lay out her own plans to boost the state economy.
The Democratic plan includes nearly $100 million in new funding for infrastructure projects, forming a jobs council and focused incentives in four different sectors of New Mexico’s economy (Film, Technology, Energy and Value-Added Agriculture).
The Governor’s plan includes tax credits for small businesses that create new jobs, increased funding to cover employee training (JTIP) and a slashing of the corporate tax rate.
Some of these points may be complementary. While Governor Martinez has vetoed some infrastructure projects in the past in capital outlay bills, it would be surprising to see her veto the whole package. While Democrats may have some questions about how much a new jobs tax break would cost, investing in JTIP could be amenable.
But there are some parts where a line in the sand is being drawn. Next week Democrats are expected to unveil another legislative initiative to hike the state’s minimum wage, something that could get some pushback from the fourth floor.
Likewise a corporate tax cut is a tough sell to many Democrats. In his response to the State of the State, Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez said that job creation solely through tax breaks for businesses is not viable.
There could be some trading there.
Both sides have fought over film tax incentives in the past, with the Governor in favor of an annual cap and Democrats opposed to capping tax credits for filmmakers.
The fights won’t be resolved for quite a while, but now many of the cards are on the table. Now the stage is set for an economic debate in a state that has struggled to keep pace with the slow national recovery.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - Joe Monahan
Economy Finally Takes Spotlight At Roundhouse: Dems Come With Baby Step Plan On Jobs Crisis....
They say the first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one, so even though they took only baby steps to address the state's job crisis, state House Democrats get credit for becoming the first branch of the New Mexican government Monday to formally acknowledge what all of us out here have known for several years:
The state is in a pernicious retrenchment and good-paying jobs are going the way of the Dodo bird. However, the cloud of denial that has surrounded it is gradually being blown away by a non-stop onslaught of undeniably negative news.
Before we take a look at the Dem jobs plan, let's glance at the latest batch of that undeniable data. Read it, but try not to drop your coffee cup:
The ABQ area lost 2,300 jobs in the 12 months that ended Dec. 31, marking 13 consecutive months of year-over-year negative job growth rates, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions said. The four-county area has been in near-constant recession for four years and now has as many jobs as it did in 2004...“At its highest, employment was around 396,800 jobs (in February 2008). After large losses throughout 2008 and 2009, Albuquerque employment has hovered around 370,00 jobs,” the report said.
Four years of constant recession. It's jarring, even for a state that takes to heart its unofficial motto of "Land of Mañana."
But if that didn't give you a jolt equivalent to a double espresso, here's one that should do the trick:
The construction industry (in the ABQ metro) continued its six-year-long slide, losing 1,400 jobs during the year for a 7.1 percent decline. The industry has not added jobs since September 2006. The sector now employs 18,400, the lowest December employment level since 1992.
1992? That's a 20 year low, Gators. And that's the big "D"--Depression.
No one wants to Californicate New Mexico, but neither do we want to outlaw hammers and nails.
Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 24 January 2013 - 12:17pm
NM Republican Lawmaker Introduces Bill that Forces Rape Victims to Carry Fetus to Term for Use As Evidence
NM Republican Lawmaker Introduces Bill that Forces Rape Victims to Carry Fetus to Term for Use As Evidence
Criminalizes Victims Who Seek Protection from Rape/Incest
January 24, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Forrester – 505-934-5681
Albuquerque, NM - NM Republican State Representative Cathrynn Brown has introduced so-called"Exhibit
Yes, you read that correctly. The Republican Party in New Mexico, led by Gov. Susana Martinez, is continuing the War on Women right here in the Land of Enchantment.
Here is the exact language:
“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an
abortion, of a fetus that is the result or criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.
Below is a statement from DPNM Chairman Javier Gonzales following the introduction of the "Exhibit A" bill:
"This is a sad day for women, and really a sad day for all New Mexicans. Instead of focusing on the number one priority of bringing jobs to New Mexico, Republican lawmakers continue their war on women by introducing this
"This bill is wrong, and should never see the light of day in any legislature in this country, let alone New Mexico. The War on Women in America has to stop. No woman should ever be forced to carry a child for "evidence," plain and simple. I call on the leaders of the Republican Party of New Mexico and Governor Susana Martinez to denounce this bill and I hope we can get back to a focus on what New Mexico families are starving for: Jobs.
"I'm also urging all New Mexicans to call Cathrynn Brown's official number at (505) 986-4248 or email her official address at email@example.com and let her know that this bill is completely out of line."
Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 17 January 2013 - 11:40am
In Case You Missed It...this video of Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez's passionate delivery of the official Democratic response to the State of the State is a must-see!
Click right here to watch it in it's entirety!
Click right here to watch it in it's entirety!
Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 22 October 2012 - 10:10am
For president, Barack Obama
The New Mexican
Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 10/20/12
President Barack Obama has earned four more years.
He inherited an unholy mess — an economy teetering on the edge of a second Great Depression and two foreign wars top the list of disasters. Slowly, steadily and with his eye fixed firmly on the needs of the country, the president has worked hard every day to improve our collective good. It was President Obama who bailed out the auto industry, salvaging 1.1 million jobs and keeping manufacturing alive in this country. It was President Obama who made the gutsy call to invade a compound in Pakistan, tracking down and killing Osama bin Laden. It was President Obama who finally signed comprehensive health reform so that no American has to fear bankruptcy because of a medical catastrophe. More work remains for a second term.
Despite 31 months of consecutive job growth, too many Americans still need jobs. Despite ending the war in Iraq, the United States still must leave Afghanistan and repurpose our military strength. Despite passing the Affordable Care Act, we need a President Obama in office to ensure that citizens do not lose their dearly won access to health care. Despite progress on equal rights — passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ensuring equal pay for women, ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the military so that gay and lesbian troops can serve openly and announcing his support for equal marriage — more progress is needed.
And it is that word — progress — that we urge voters to keep in mind when casting their ballots. Voters are not simply choosing between two men — President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney — they are selecting two philosophies of governing and of life.
In the world of Barack Obama, raised by a single mother and grandparents, propelled to the top through his own hard work, intelligence and drive, we all do better when we come together. He has never forgotten the struggles of his youth, understanding better than most the necessity of individual initiative. To Obama, government is not the enemy. It is not dispenser of all wisdom or wealth, either. Government is the safety net that catches the weak, the sick, the old and the very poor. It is also our collective will in action — building, defending and securing our nation. Obama will not privatize Social Security or reduce Medicare to a voucher system that costs too much while not guaranteeing treatment. He understands that Medicaid, which underwrites medical care for the very poor, must be protected from budget slashers who think nothing of leaving sick people at the emergency room door while asking for more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
Mitt Romney’s world is very different, one of privilege and wealth, where in his view, 47 percent of all citizens are takers who won’t assume responsibility for their lives. He had the good fortune to be born in a two-parent home, and should be credited for taking his comfortable start and building a fortune with it. He is a model of a citizen, a good father, husband and church member, contributing to his greater community with both his time and treasure. However, his vision for the United States — with almost half the population moochers — will not lift the least of us up. Instead, it will continue to divide the country along class lines, further splitting us between the haves-a-lot and everyone else.
This election — aren’t they all? — is an important one.
The next president will appoint one, perhaps two Supreme Court justices. Those unelected justices, as the entire country knows, extend the influence of a president long after his term ends; we much prefer a Sotomayor or a Kagan to a Scalia or Thomas.
The next president must continue navigating the dangerous shoals of the Middle East — it is disconcerting to realize that many of Gov. Romney’s foreign policy advisers are the same people who drew us into the unnecessary war in Iraq. They seem hellbent on attacking Iran, another disastrous war the country does not need. The next president must cut spending and raise revenues, smartly and with precision, so that the nation continues necessary investments in education, infrastructure and innovation, while at the same time reducing the deficit. The next president must pass comprehensive immigration reform, finding a path to citizenship for the many people now living in the shadows, while at the same time securing our borders.
So much accomplished in four years. So much remaining to be done.
For president of the United States, The Santa Fe New Mexican endorses Barack Obama.
Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 11 October 2012 - 4:45pm
Filed today for order to re-instate straight ticket voting, stop arbitrary re-arrangement of the ballot
For Immediate Release
October 11, 2012
Contact: Matt Ross, (505) 263-4879
Albuquerque, NM - For the first time in New Mexico history, Secretary of State Dianna Duran has unilaterally decided that New Mexico voters should no longer be allowed to exercise their right to vote a straight-party ticket this November.
This is a right provided for in state statutes that govern exactly what the Secretary of State must do on the ballot. Duran’s position is administrative, to carry out the law, not make it. With her decisions she is choosing to ignore state law and re-arrange the ballot based on personal and political whims. As a result, today DPNM and several plaintiffs are filing a lawsuit (attached) for a court order to do what the Secretary is unwilling to do: enforce the law.
Secretary Duran’s decision was undertaken arbitrarily, without study or public input, and without education of any sort to inform New Mexico voters that for the first time in their lives, something they’ve counted on being there will not be.
And with the decision – again arbitrary and again without public input or education – to take the Party emblems that have always signified the straight party option and move them to a different place on the ballot where they no longer mean what generations of voters are used to them meaning, and it is hard not to assume an agenda at work that is not in the public’s interest.
The following is a statement from DPNM Chairman Javier M. Gonzales on the filing of our lawsuit to order Secretary Duran to abide by the election laws that govern her office:
“Besides the fact that voting is the most sacred right we have many voters have become very confused without the straight party option on the ballot and it is the job of the Secretary of State to administer voter registration and elections in a way that is fair, legal and within the guidelines given to her by the statutes of the state of New Mexico.
“Sadly, Dianna Duran has refused to do that over and over again. New Mexico law provides for a straight ticket option with the Party emblem next to it that New Mexico voters can use to simplify the act of casting their ballot. The Secretary, for whatever reason, has chosen to ignore the law and the statutes, and it is that decision that is landing her in court.
“This is just another distraction in a long line of bad decisions. Whether using her office to go on taxpayer-funded witch hunts for non-existent voter fraud, throw the status of hundreds of thousands of New Mexico voters into question and confusion without cause, or now, attempt to change the rules we’ve all known and lived by since any of us can remember at the last minute, Secretary Duran needs to refocus her office on its central function – helping people vote in free and fair and legally-run elections.
“It appears we need a court order to make sure that happens, so that is what we are seeking. “
ICYMI: Governor Martinez Raises the Stakes for Mitt Romney Tonight, Says Debate Will Be “Critical” and Romney Needs to Communicate a “Plan”
Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 3 October 2012 - 4:41pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
CONTACT: Matt Ross (505) 263-4879
Albuquerque, NM – Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) Executive Director Scott Forrester today issued the following statement following Governor Martinez’s comments raising the stakes for Mitt Romney in tonight’s first presidential debate.Earlier today, the Governor called the debate “critical” for Mitt Romney and added that “it’s going to be extremely important for Mitt Romney to truly communicate with people with a plan”.
“Governor Martinez is right that tonight’s debate is ‘critical’ for Mitt Romney. After shockingly declaring to a group of wealthy donors that nearly half of the American people – 47 percent – view themselves as ‘victims’, entitled to handouts, and unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives, how could tonight’s debate not be? With only six days until early voting begins, Romney will do anything to distract from his comments attacking half of the American people, but New Mexicans know the truth about how he really feels,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) Executive Director Scott Forrester.
“At tonight’s debate, President Obama will continue his conversation with the American people about his specific, concrete plans to restore middle-class security and move our country forward. Romney will keep hiding his specific plans behind lies, distortions, and ‘zingers’. In fact, just this morning, one of Romney’s top advisors said it’s hard to get into specifics in a debate. Last time I checked, that’s what debates are supposed to be about.”
To see the full video of Governor Martinez’s remarks, courtesy of Capitol Report New Mexico, click here.
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Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 18 September 2012 - 12:11pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
CONTACT: Matt Ross (505) 263-4879
Albuquerque, NM – State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque) today issued the following statement on Governor Romney’s newfound outreach to Hispanic voters this week:
“With only 49 days left until Election Day, Governor Romney is working overtime to mend the fence with New Mexico’s Hispanic community. The only problem is that his last minute outreach rings hollow. The reality is that Governor Romney is on the wrong side of issues important to our community, from creating jobs to strengthening education to ensuring quality, affordable health care.
“His tax proposal would raise taxes by over $2,000 for Hispanic middle-class families with kids in order to give $250,000 tax cuts to multimillionaires. On education, his plan calls for cutting taxes for millionaires while slashing critical investments in our schools. That cut could push over 2,500 kids in New Mexico off of Head Start and slash K-12 and special education funding in our state by over $38 million. And, on health care, Romney’s pledge to repeal health care reform would hurt over 122,000 New Mexico children with pre-existing conditions who can now obtain coverage, as well as eliminate coverage for over 21,000 young New Mexicans who are now able to stay on their parents’ health plans.
“On issue after issue, the choice is clear: President Obama has consistently fought on behalf of the Hispanic community and Mitt Romney would take us back to the failed policies of the past.”
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Submitted by J. Dyrcz on 21 August 2012 - 10:09am
Five Ways The Ryan Budget Hurts New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE (Aug. 21, 2012) – Republican Senate candidate Heather Wilson says she “admires” Paul Ryan for his willingness to “put forth bold ideas” that would end Medicare as we know it, impose deep cuts to Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, gut funding for early education and college assistance, increase taxes on the middle class, and deal a severe blow to women and Hispanic families.
Here are five ways the Ryan budget hurts New Mexico:
1. The Ryan budget ends Medicare as we know it. The Ryan budget would scrap the guaranteed benefits provided by Medicare, and force nearly 300,000 New Mexico seniors into a voucher program when they retire. As a result, health care costs for seniors would increase by as much as $5,900 each year. The Ryan budget would also force many seniors to pay the full cost of their prescription drugs, burdening them with costs of almost $12,000.
2. The Ryan budget would impose deep cuts to Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories. Under the Ryan budget, funding for Sandia National Laboratories would be reduced by 10 percent, while funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory would be reduced by 17 percent. These cuts would impede the essential missions carried out at the laboratories and cut New Mexico jobs.
3. The Ryan budget would gut funding for early education and college assistance. In New Mexico alone, $16 million would be cut from Head Start programs and more than $21 million would be cut from Pell Grants. As a result, more than 2,000 children would loose access to preschool and other early education programs and more than 3,000 college students would loose their assistance entirely in New Mexico.
4. The Ryan budget would cut taxes for the rich while raising taxes on New Mexico’s middle class. Hard-working New Mexican families with incomes below $200,000 would see their taxes increase by nearly $2,700 each year. At the same time, the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy would be made permanent and millionaires would get a windfall tax cut of $265,000.
5. The Ryan budget would deal a severe blow to women and Hispanic families. The Ryan budget’s extreme reforms to Medicare would increase out-of-pocket health care costs for nearly 190,000 Hispanic New Mexicans by thousands of dollars each year. They would also disproportionately affect women, who account for the majority of Medicare recipients. Increasing the cost of services like mammograms and cancer screenings would put preventative health care further out of reach for millions of women across the country.
Heather Wilson says she admires Ryan’s willingness to put forth bold ideas. "Paul Ryan and I served together and I've always found that he's a decent, honest and smart man," Wilson said. "And I admire his willingness to put forth bold ideas on big issues, even if I don't always agree with him." [KOB Eyewitness News, 8/11/12]
Wilson’s implicit support for the Ryan Budget. In May 2011, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported that, when asked about the Ryan Budget, Wilson responded, “I give [Ryan] a lot of credit for trying to have a serious debate about saving Medicare. Democrats have not offered one single idea to save Medicare.” [Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/30/11]
The Ryan budget would end Medicare as we know it, force 300,000 New Mexico seniors into a voucher program. The Ryan Budget would end traditional Medicare and its guaranteed benefits and instead give seniors vouchers to purchase private insurance or Medicare. The value of the vouchers would not keep up with the rising cost of health care. Once again, insurance companies would reap big profits as seniors would be forced to pay as much as $5,900 more for the benefits they have now. [CBO, 3/20/12; CBPP, 3/20/12]
Ryan Budget would reinstate the prescription drug “Donut Hole.” The Ryan Budget would reinstate the prescription drug donut hole and cost the average senior who falls into the donut hole approximately $11,794 between 2012 and 2020. [HHS, 3/19/12; State level data compiled byHHS, 3/20/12]
Ryan Budget would mean 10 percent budget cut for Sandia National Labs, 17 percent cut for Los Alamos National Labs. In January 2011, the Albuquerque Journal reported that “A budget resolution approved by the U.S. House this week would have devastating consequences for New Mexico's national laboratories…The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a resolution that instructs House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to prepare budget blueprint for 2011 that rolls back spending…to 2008 spending levels. That would mean a roughly 10 percent reduction for Sandia National Laboratories and an approximately 17 percent budget cut at Los Alamos National Laboratory.” [Albuquerque Journal, 1/27/11]
Funding for Pell Grants in New Mexico would be cut by more than $21 million. The Ryan Budget would cut $21.5M in New Mexico funding for Pell Grants over the next two years resulting in 3,041 students losing assistance. The average recipient would see a cut of $164. [Democratic Policy and Communications Center]
The Ryan budget’s cuts to early childhood education. According to the National Education Association, the Ryan Budget would cut $15.8M in New Mexico funding over the next two years for the Head Start program resulting in an estimated 2,064 children losing assistance while an estimated 940 jobs would be lost. [NEA, accessed on 8/12/12]
Ryan Plan Would Cut Taxes For The Wealthiest, Like Mitt Romney, While Increasing Taxes for “Most Americans Making Less Than $200,000.” ABC found that “While Mitt Romney would reportedly pay less than one percent of his income in taxes under Paul Ryan's previous tax plan, most Americans making less than $200,000 would see a tax hike under the budget of Ryan proposed before his selection to be Romney's running mate, according to a report by Sen. Robert Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) [...] Households with incomes between $100,000 and $200,000 would see their taxes increase by $2,681, the Joint Economic Committee said.” [ABC, 8/14/12]
An Estimated 180,742 Hispanics Would Potentially Be Affected By Ryan Budget Changes To Medicare. The Ryan budget would force all seniors onto the voucher program starting in 2023. This would impact 180,742 Hispanics in New Mexico between the ages of 40-54, who would be forced to get a voucher to purchase their health insurance. [CBO, 3/20/12; CBPP, 3/20/12; CAP, 3/2012; University of New Mexico Bureau of Business & Economic Research, 6/13/12]
Women account for the majority of Medicare recipients. Women constitute more than half of the individuals with Medicare. The program is therefore critically important to preserving the health and well-being of our mothers and grandmothers. Because women, on average, are poorer, live longer and have more health care needs than men, Medicare (sometimes combined with Medicaid) potentially plays a greater role for them in preventing illness and destitution. [NWLC, 5/23/11]
The Ryan Budget will require that seniors pay deductibles, co-insurance, and copayments for many preventive services currently covered by Medicare; including cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies as well as annual wellness visits. As a result, fewer seniors will access these preventive services, thereby dramatically increasing Medicare spending in the long-term. [CMS, 2/15/12]