Apr 21, 2020
RGF is working to get legislators to pledge not to raise taxes in wake of CoronaVirus: http://riograndefoundation.org/pledge
Bernalillo County Passes a budget with irresponsible 7% growth and new employee hiring. Albuquerque also faces a budget shortfall.
RGF's recent "Eight Shutdown Decisions Gov. MLG Should Consider Reversing Right Now"generated a record response and website traffic. On the issue of reopening NM's economy:
New Mexico's GOP wins unanimous Court Case against mail-in
elections. Gov. Lujan Grisham says on Twitter that "In-person
voting poses a grave threat of heightened transmission of #COVID19.
I remain confident NM's primary election can be conducted almost
entirely if not entirely through mail to ensure the safest possible
exercise of New Mexicans' right to vote."
Her spokesman Tripp Stelnicki stated "You don't have to ask the death cult their opinion or publish their quotes. False equivalence now is actually life or death. There is no "both sides" to this. There is one group preaching accelerated illness & death because they "love" "business" & if you can't see through that?"
Finally, Rep. Javier Martínez who chairs the House Tax Committee in the New Mexico Legislature wrote, "Years of policies that uphold historically racist systems like..failures 2 invest land grant fund in youngest kids, failures 2 build water systems in communities w/out, failures 2 build an economy that works for ALL..are big part of reason why #Covid19 is hitting us the hardest."