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Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, decided that if she couldn’t slash funding to higher education through the budget, she’d just veto funding it at all.

Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed on Friday the entire higher education budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 as part of an ongoing standoff over the state’s budget woes and how to fund government.

She also vetoed the Legislature’s funding and a bill that would have raised additional money through a number of tax increases. And she reiterated her pledge to call lawmakers back for a special session soon.

“In the coming weeks, I will call the Legislature back to Santa Fe to finish the job they were supposed to do in the first place,” Martinez said. “I believe that by working together, we can balance the budget – without tax increases. While I’m disappointed in them, I am optimistic that we can come together.”

Statements from Democratic leaders suggested coming together may be difficult.

“Governor Martinez has chosen to play extreme political games rather than act responsibly,” said Senate Majority Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe. “Her attempt to use line-item vetoes to eliminate an entire branch of government and every higher education institution is outrageous.”

House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, said the governor’s vetoes of higher education and legislative funding “are beyond the pale” and “unconstitutional.”

“Her action also eliminates the path to a brighter future for thousands of New Mexico children who want to go to college and gain a quality higher education,” Egolf said. He added that the governor “is clearly not serious about fixing our state’s budget problems or growing our economy” and is “turning her back on the bipartisan and responsible solution offered to her by the Legislature.”

First, this is what New Mexico gets for electing someone originally from Texas. Second, this is Republican governance in a nutshell: if you don’t get what you want, threaten to destroy the entire higher education system. What’s that good for anyway, bunch of commie professors and all.

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  • SoRefined

    I hope Sam Brownback doesn’t hear about this, or he’ll probably just abolish the whole school system in Kansas.

    • Norrin Radd

      He could dismantle everything but the KU basketball team. Got to have something to do in the state besides watch wheat grow.

      • The Dark God of Time

        But at least the spectre of regulation hasn’t come up yet.

    • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

      He already has the authority, voted to him by the Legislature, to defund the court system if it issues a ruling he doesn’t like.

  • howard

    so she thinks sam brownback is a good model? the only difference here is that she’s not calling for a tax cut….

    in a long career of consulting, i have only a couple of times come up against decision-makers who are total nitwits, who do nothing but spout meaningless cliches, and i am always totally nonplussed in those situations about how to deal with the ignorance….

    • efgoldman

      i have only a couple of times come up against decision-makers who are total nitwits, who do nothing but spout meaningless cliches

      Unfortunately, they have somehow gotten themselves elected governors, senators, and, oh, yes, president.

  • DrDick

    Hell, our Republican legislature decided to effectively defund education and they control both houses (the governor is a Democrat). I guess they figured out that educated people won’t vote for them (that is why they voted down all mail-in ballots for the special election to replace Ryan Zinke)

    • Dennis Orphen

      [redacted]

  • keta

    Geez. Saw the title and was sure this was going to be about Alabama Lothario-cum-Governor Bentley and his senior special stress alleviator-cum-political advisor. Just shows what a catch-all that hed really is.

    • Norrin Radd

      Lothario cum Governor…

      Wise choice of words…

    • los

      just told msm that he’ll be steppig down.

      there was some knd of slush fund laundering thing through his mistress’s business.

      • efgoldman

        there was some knd of slush fund laundering

        Yes, he also pleaded guilty to something along those lines.

  • Yeah, it’s created quite a stir here. The two legislators mentioned — Brian Egolf and Peter Wirth — are acquaintances of ours. Brian is a neighbor, in fact. They are both very insightful and able people. Martinez sees this as her opening gambit, I assume. Nobody knows what her scheme really is. She’s been shut out of the Trumpish bund and there’s nothing she can do to get on that gravy train at this point.

    • efgoldman

      Martinez sees this as her opening gambit, I assume. Nobody knows what her scheme really is.

      I assume an override is not numerically or politically possible.

      • Good chance it will be overridden in one of the chambers, but probably not the other.

        • That’s the word on the street

        • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

          Ah, the Kansas situation.

  • wengler

    Budget? You don’t need no stinkin’ budget! Republican governance in Illinois hasn’t led to one of those in two years!

    • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

      Kind of like the US government, where the legislature has been Republican for some years.

      I dimly see a pattern here.

  • Davis X. Machina

    Trump strokes out, she files next day for the GOP nomination as the non-evil anti-Pence.

    Her state legislature just passed a ban on conversion ‘therapy’, which she signed.

    • Nobdy

      I don’t think a granddaughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants has a snowball’s chance in hell of a GOP nomination these days. And she’s a woman!

      Cruz and Rubio look like white dudes so they could kind of maybe get away with it but her??

      • Davis X. Machina

        If Trump spoils the brand, you want a candidate that’s the opposite of him in as many ways as can fit in one person.

        Cruz and Rubio have loser stink on them. For the GOP, it’s ‘Just win, baby’. They ran a Mormon in the teeth of their fundigelical base in 2012…

      • Norrin Radd

        Not that Nikki Haley is Latino but keep your eye on her. Her UN performances say nothing so much as I’m running for President in 2024!

        • D. C. Sessions

          Or 2020, considering.

        • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

          She may not keep her job if she doesn’t start spending more time praising Trump. He doesn’t like people who get any significant amount of personal praise, since he thinks all personal praise rightfully belongs to him.

        • wengler

          The GOP’s rule has always been ‘No women or minorities in leadership’.

      • Gregor Sansa

        The GOP loves their token minorities, as long as those tokens stay on-message. Which leaves only those like Carson who are missing key bits of brain, or those like her who are missing key bits of soul; but that’s par for the GOP.

      • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

        I suspect Haley has filled all the slots in the Trump administration for non-white women.

        (And I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump appointed her merely because he thought she was kind of hot.)

        • MidwestVillager

          I was under the impression she was picked because the Lt. Gov. in South Carolina was a Trump supporter and wanted the Governor’s job.

  • Matt

    “From the beginning, I have said that I will not raise taxes, yet the Legislature continues to try to force tax increases on New Mexican families and small businesses,” Martinez wrote. “I have also said many times that I will consider truly comprehensive tax reform, reform that results in a simpler, more stable, and more predictable tax code. House Bill 202 does not do this.”

    So no tax increases – and keep in mind, that to the Norquistas eliminating a loophole is a “tax increase” – but increased revenue.

    Martinez appears to really want to line-item veto the laws of arithmetic. Not the first time the GOP has chased that particular windmill…

    • D. C. Sessions

      So no tax increases – and keep in mind, that to the Norquistas eliminating a loophole is a “tax increase” – but increased revenue.

      To them, enforcing the law as it stands is a “tax increase.” We could just about get rid of the Federal deficit if we funded the IRS at revenue-maximization levels. Enforcement has a rate of return of something close to 6X last I checked.

    • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

      Has she actually presented a solution, or is she just doing a Brownback and letting the legislature do the hard work which he then vetoes.

  • Nobdy

    She got her BA from the university of Texas and her JD from the University of Oklahoma.

    But, you know, fuck students who want to go to college in New Mexico without becoming debt peons. Should have been born in 1959 when the government still gave a shit about (some of) the citizens!

    • Karen24

      UT El Paso, so not a Longhorn.

      • Nobdy

        It is still a publicly funded school, is my point. The specific institution in the University of Texas system isn’t relevant to that.

        • Karen24

          Very true. It’s very important to me, however, to note that she and I were never classmates.

  • Karen24

    Well, no wonder my older son hasn’t been able to register for the fall semester.

    This really is evil. UNM is not Berkeley and the student body is largely poor or middle class kids. She’s punishing them for something entirely unrelated. (Also, she’s almost certainly toast next election if she runs for Senator. They still remember her drunken Christmas party involving throwing furniture out the window of the Inn at Loreto in downtown Santa Fe last year.)

    • Thom

      Sounds like a fun party–was Jesse Pinkman (aka Jose Rosas) there?

      • Karen24

        No idea, although he would have fit right it.

        • Thom

          On second thought, this is more like what Jesse’s friends would do while he looked on resignedly.

    • UNM will probably survive. I bet a lot of the smaller schools could close. There’s a decent chance my alma mater will disappear. :/

    • (Also, she’s almost certainly toast next election if she runs for Senator. They still remember her drunken Christmas party involving throwing furniture out the window of the Inn at Loreto in downtown Santa Fe last year.)

      Plus whiskey bottles also went out the window. From the ugliest hotel in Santa Fe, the one most associated with obnoxious plutocrats.

      • los

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    • Inn at Loreto

      I heard it was the El Dorado.

      • Why not both? (Presumably in succession.) A movable feast!

        • los

          the party needed the bottles from the first to smash through the windows of the second.

      • Karen24

        You’re correct.

        • The Inn at Loretto is a beautiful, classy place. The El Dorado is monumentally ugly. Plus very expensive. Perfect fit for Martinez.

      • Karen24

        And wasn’t there something about mistreating a pizza deliverer?

        • Yep — that, too.

        • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

          Governor’s a real triple-threat.

          • She also drunkenly called 911 telling them not to come to the hotel when they called for help because SHE WAS THE GOVERNOR. Apparently she didn’t know 911 calls are recorded.

    • Dennis Orphen

      Also, she’s almost certainly toast next election if she runs for Senator.

      I’m pretty sure a GOP SOS can fix that in post production. Sure, there’s no proof that’s true but there’s even less proof it isn’t.

  • D. C. Sessions

    This is going to get her some (at least minor) Koch points for shutting down NMT, given the amount of atmospheric physics going on here (yes, I’m a student. Also a grandfather. I have priorities.)

  • alexceres

    She’s just saying the quiet parts out loud again. You don’t honestly think Republicans intend to fund any education at all, when that perfectly good money could be going to billionaires, do you ?

    I mean, they were willing to literally murder tens of thousands of people each year as health care sacrifices upon the altar of upper class tax cuts. Pretty sure their sociopathy is boundless.

    • D. C. Sessions

      If you think that was murder, wait until you see the butcher’s bill when Trump’s “foreign policy” gets rolling.

  • Downpuppy

    Oddly enough, New Mexico is the first state to ban lunch shaming.

    No reason they should be Republican.

    • D. C. Sessions

      New Mexico is (TTBOMK) the second State where “white” is a minority (Latinos are just under 50%, with a fair number of Asian, Native, and recent African descendants).

      Thanks to Trump, not likely to be good hunting for Republicans any time soon.

      • Davis X. Machina

        She’ll have to fail upwards.

  • Murc

    Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, decided that if she couldn’t slash funding to higher education through the budget, she’d just veto funding it at all.

    I’d like to invite our New Mexican brethren to come on up here to New York, where we just made state college tuition free to anyone making under a hundred grand a year, rising to 125k in two years. There are some restrictions but not many; it isn’t even delimited by age. I know at least two people who will be going to college for the first time in their forties because now it won’t break them and their families because of this, to say nothing of all the kids it will help.

    I have to take back some of the shit I’ve said about Cuomo over the years. Not all of it. But some of it.

    • vic rattlehead

      He’s a slimy fucker, but he is capable of getting things done. Much as I grumble about him being a DINO I’ll still take him over any Republican. Still pissed that Spitzer couldn’t keep his dick in his pants. Would be nice to be halfway through a third term of his.

      • Q.E.Dumbass

        …that said, I will still eat the Bronx Zoo clean if he somehow becomes the nominee.

        • Murc

          His stock certainly just took a sharp uptick. I would of course never come out against good policy because the guy pushing it is an asshole, but I think this has to be viewed at least somewhat as him trying to re-position himself as a man of the left.

          • Phil Perspective

            You should also view this as his one pander for 2020. Because that slimy asshole is like McCain, Willard and Trump. All have daddy issues.

    • PunditusMaximus

      I’m so tired of this means testing BS. How much did they really save vs. admin costs, and why not just say that you get taken care of if you go to a state school?

      Send your kids to school. $100k is pretty fsking middle class in NYC.

      • Aaron Morrow

        I’m tired of the New York Senate being run by Republicans; it’s harder watching the sausage being made when there’s too many pigs’ lips and assholes.

        The fact that Cuomo is at least partially responsible for that of affairs is galling.

  • wphurley

    Republican governance in a nutshell: if you don’t get what you want … destroy [it].

    Misogynists, misanthropes, socio- and psychopaths also fit within this definitional nutshell – or as I call it, hell on Earth.

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