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I have read the NM COVID-19 update, and I have also read the Governor's rationale for keeping non essential businesses closed. And there are some weak spots.
First, the Governor says by keeping non essentials closed, we reduce the number of places where people might get infected. The problem with that argument, especially in low density areas such as Silver City, is it begs the question "why have several (in our case four: Walmart, Albertsons, Food Basket, and COOP) primary food stores open"? The Governor's argument would suggest only one should be open, so three should be closed. This is a paradox caused by applying high density area logic to low density places. And that is symptom of diverse opinions from low and high density areas not being involved in the decision. Small businesses employ well over half of the workers in NM.
As socialist democrats move us closer to socialism and many Americans are out of work, Congresswoman Torres-Small is silent and stays at home and continues to collect a paycheck. Why is she not traveling throughout the district and pressuring the governor to help New Mexicans get back to work? In return for her silence and votes, she has received over 3 million dollars including large campaign contributions from lobbyists and out of state billionaires who want to take away our freedoms and change America from the "Land of the Free" to "America, land of socialism and the deep state."
Today, we see more and more irrational behavior by many socialist democrats, driven by their thirst for power and control. The following examples are unbelievable:
Pick which New Mexico you'd rather live in right now.
A New Mexico with a healthy $3 billion safely tucked away in reserves, and no overspending? Or a New Mexico that is facing a budget crisis, with about $2 billion of excess expenses, and no way to currently cover that spending?
Unfortunately, we all find ourselves in the second scenario right now, thanks to the reckless spending spree of the majority of the state legislature last January. How on earth did we get here? Let's try to unpack this together.
Until recently, I thought the state government was doing a very good job managing the COVID-19 problem. The trouble is that every solution is always the generator of the next set of problems, and it is those generated problems that have not been given much thought.
I have seldom seen a state or federal government use a problem solving model; I have seldom if ever seen a state or federal government solve anything by using overriding power, or exercising a right because they don't go a step further and look at the underlying needs and interests from which much better solutions can grow.
April 13, 2020
To: Governor Lujan Grisham
From: A New Mexico Small Business Owner
Dear Governor Lujan Grisham,
As your administration continues to take action to decrease the spread of the Coronavirus, we as small business owners (and the families of those working for these business) are at or nearing a point of no return. To put it bluntly: Your decisions are destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands.
New Mexico is one of the least densely populated states in the country and yet we have mandates from your office that are as strict as that of highly populated states. Your policies are holding our economic, social, and spiritual well-being hostage.
I have a relative working with Border Patrol. My relative expresses serious concern because every day, people are going to the Palomas border crossing to go to restaurants, and other shopping, with no regard for social distancing. They go there with no restrictions and no regard for others. The agents can do nothing to stop them as long as they have passports.
There is a Great Decision being presented to us, for there are two pandemics in America. One is the virus which we read about everywhere, as we see graphs and predictions about it. The other is just now appearing. It is the Great Recession of 2020-2021. Up to now all we have heard of it, is the rich worrying about their shrinking stock portfolios. But now, we see it in Grant County with unemployment spiking and business closures beginning. When the aid package passed by Congress kicks in, it will help but it will only get us by for a month or two. But this virus will be burdening us well into next year when the vaccine comes out.
Furthermore, Grant County is being hit with both barrels — record high unemployment and — a New Mexico budget that is under attack as crude oil and gas prices are dropping precipitously. And heaven forbid, more job losses may be coming as the mines could be red flagged with the drop in copper prices. On top of that, even as the virus has not yet hit us directly, the Gila Regional Hospital and other medical service centers are running out of money, as so many of us stay away for our routine care. So here we are with two severe pandemics and so little control over them. What can we do?
How to Balance the (FY 2020) NM State Budget.
With the economy and oil prices taking a dive, New Mexico is in uncharted budgetary waters. Who knows how long the price of oil will be this low and how much revenue New Mexico will lose? The Rio Grande Foundation is carefully considering this issue and has come up with some ideas for balancing the FY 2020 budget. This is the budget now in place which ends at the end of June when the FY 2021 budget begins.
New Mexico faces unprecedented budgetary challenges in light of both the Coronavirus outbreak and dramatic restrictions on business and travel activities as well as the dramatic declines in the price of a barrel of oil. We have previously listed recommendations for dealing with the crisis here.