For the Headlight - Published March 31, 2022
As a member of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, I was proud to work with my colleagues to pass a bipartisan budget in the recent legislative session that will put our unprecedented state revenues to work for New Mexicans.
Still, the needs of communities, especially smaller communities like ours, do not always rise to the level of the state budget. That’s where the “Junior Bill” comes in.
In years like this, when our state is able to sock away rainy day funds, make the investments we need in our schools, public safety, and economic development, and still have a budget surplus, the Junior Bill allows lawmakers to work with our constituents to make targeted investments in critical community programs.
This year, in response to concerns about recreational cannabis and its potential impact on our community, I propose investing $80,000 in a task force to ensure we are properly enforcing cannabis laws. And I propose investing $80,000 of our district’s Junior Bill funds in the children’s museum and library in Deming to expand recreational and enrichment activities for our children.
These are relatively small investments compared to the line items in the state budget, but they will go a long way toward making our community safer and helping children and families thrive. I look forward to advancing investments like this across our state in the upcoming special session.
State Representative Candie Sweetser (D-Deming) District 32 (Hidalgo, Grant and Luna counties)