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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is Delivering for New Mexico

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Wildfire Relief

As wildfires destroyed communities in New Mexico, Governor Lujan Grisham worked around the clock to help contain the fire and get relief directly to landowners and families.

  • President Biden approved Governor Lujan Grisham’s request to declare a major disaster in New Mexico in less than 24 hours, unlocking millions of dollars in relief for communities and families, now federal disaster relief and state help are available.
     

  • Governor Lujan Grisham held the federal government accountable for their role in the prescribed burn that started the largest fire in New Mexico history, resulting in a pause in all prescribed burns on federal land across the country, and demanded immediate relief be delivered straight to New Mexicans.
     

  • Governor Lujan Grisham worked with local, state, and federal officials to coordinate thousands of fire fighters, National Guard personnel, state police, and first responders. 
     

  • Governor Lujan Grisham created a one-stop information center to help keep New Mexicans safe, to access resources, and to apply for relief. 

 

Economic Relief

 Governor Lujan Grisham knows New Mexicans are facing rising prices. That’s why she brought Republicans and Democrats together to bring up to $1,500 in economic relief to every taxpaying family in the state.

  • Taxpaying New Mexico households are eligible for up to $1,500 in relief
     

  • Eligible New Mexicans will get three payments in June, July, and August to taxpayers to help offset rising prices.

 

Regulatory Reform

Governor Lujan Grisham reduced regulations for businesses to grow New Mexico’s economy.

  • Governor Lujan Grisham signed legislation that makes the review and approval of professional licenses faster and eliminates burdensome requirements that make it harder for people to start their own businesses.

 

  • By streamlining regulations, Governor Lujan Grisham is making it easier for business owners to hire workers and put professionals in the jobs where New Mexico needs them most.

 

Child Care

 Governor Lujan Grisham expanded child care assistance, meaning that most families in New Mexico can get child care for free.

  • Governor Lujan Grisham enacted the single largest expansion of child care assistance in the history of New Mexico. Now, New Mexicans can keep working or pursue a career knowing they won’t have to use their savings or struggle to put food on the table just to afford care for their children. 
     

  • Governor Lujan Grisham made sure that child care providers are being fairly compensated for the cost of running a business, meaning child care centers can hire more staff, reducing the teacher to student ratio.

 

Universal Preschool

In just three years, Governor Lujan Grisham kept her promise to New Mexicans to give every family the opportunity to go to a high-quality preschool program if they want it.

  • After a decade of disinvestment by the former administration, Governor Lujan Grisham is building a pre-k system that New Mexicans have long called for. 
     

  • New Mexico now has universal pre-k for every four-year-old and is quickly expanding opportunities for three-year-olds so that New Mexico families from Raton to Silver City can give their children a great start in life.

 

Tuition-Free Higher Education

Governor Lujan Grisham’s tuition-free higher education program is the widest reaching in the country.  

  • Governor Lujan Grisham created tuition-free higher education for any eligible New Mexico resident, including adults returning to school.
     

  •  Up to 35,000 new students will benefit and it applies to 4-year bachelor’s degrees, 2-year associate degrees, and many certificate training programs

 

Working Families Tax Credit

Governor Lujan Grisham put more money in more than half a million New Mexicans’ pockets by expanding tax credits. 

  • This year, more than 550,000 working and middle-class New Mexicans received tax relief through expanded credits.

 

  • Working Families Tax Credit: More than 250,000 children will get higher tax credits and now, thousands more working parents and young workers who earn low incomes will be eligible. 

 

  • Low Income Comprehensive Tax Rebate: A new, more generous rebate is available to 380,000 New Mexicans who are on a fixed income, like seniors or disabled individuals. 

 

Social Security Tax Cut

 Governor Lujan Grisham eliminated the tax on social security benefits for most New Mexico seniors. 

  • Governor Lujan Grisham is saving 115,000 New Mexico seniors an average of $730 per year

 

  • Removing the tax on Social Security income puts more money in the pockets of New Mexico seniors, increases economic activity, and strengthens the middle class. This tax cut directly benefits middle-class seniors, many of whom care for grandchildren or other family members and pay out-of-pocket for medications.

 

Paid Sick Leave

Governor Lujan Grisham knows that too many New Mexicans have been forced to choose between their health and their livelihood, that’s why she delivered paid sick leave for all New Mexico workers.

Paid Sick Leave

Governor Lujan Grisham knows that too many New Mexicans have been forced to choose between their health and their livelihood, that’s why she delivered paid sick leave for all New Mexico workers.

  • Governor Lujan Grisham knows that too many New Mexicans have been forced to choose between their health and their livelihood. Thanks to Governor Lujan Grisham, New Mexicans will now have the ability to deal with personal and family health needs without sacrificing a paycheck. 

  • Starting July 1, New Mexico workers can get up to 64 hours of paid sick leave per year even for part-time or temporary work. 

  • Governor Lujan Grisham partnered with business leaders to develop a paid sick leave policy that worked for small businesses and employees. That’s why legislation was delayed for a year to help employers adjust and prepare. 

  • A healthy workforce is a better workforce and a stronger economy. By ensuring every New Mexico worker has access to paid sick leave, New Mexico will continue to see strong job growth and new opportunities.