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ROSWELL, NM—New Mexico House Republican Caucus Chair Candy Spence Ezzell (R-Roswell) released the following statement in response to the new vehicle emission standards proposed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The proposed standards would apply to cars sold in New Mexico beginning in model year 2022. It is projected that the mandate would improve the average fuel economy of vehicles sold in New Mexico to 52 miles per gallon.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM —Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry:

“Today’s announcement makes it clear, Democrats have a singular focus on impeaching the President. The President has been clear about his call with Ukraine and will release the transcript tomorrow. Democrats need to place less emphasis on impeachment and focus on issues that matter to the United States, including border security and passing the United States- Mexico- Canada Agreement. Once again, Democrats in our state and across the country are not working for the American people and instead are focusing their energy on an impeachment fishing expedition, which the majority of our nation is against.

 SANTA FE, NM—House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) released the following statement after attending Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Energy Summit earlier today:

“Governor Lujan Grisham's Energy Summit today made one thing crystal clear: the governor wants to eliminate the industry that’s responsible for 45% of the state’s budget without having a plan to replace this funding. Other states don't depend on oil and gas revenues as much as we do. Those states might be able to afford the type of energy transitions our governor is proposing. It will be tougher in New Mexico. Without a plan, there is only one option for replacing oil and gas revenues once fossil fuels have been phased out—more taxes. New Mexicans need to brace themselves for the looming tax apocalypse on the horizon. Do we need to remind our governor that this is New Mexico, not California?”

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. PRESIDENT TRUMP: "WE'RE GOING TO TURN THIS STATE AND MAKE IT A REPUBLICAN STATE"

Thousands of President Trump's supporters filled the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho to welcome him to New Mexico and hear his positive message.

From KOAT:

 The Republican Party of New Mexico and Chairman Pearce are excited to announce that New Mexico has officially been named a target state by the Trump campaign.

“We’re excited that President Trump and his team sees New Mexico as a state they can flip. We believe that New Mexicans are fed up with the socialist left agenda and are ready to stand with the President as he continues to lower taxes, create jobs, increase pay and employment opportunities for women, minorities and those who traditionally struggle to find good jobs,” says Chairman Pearce.

DPNM Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement in response to President Trump’s planned rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico:

This president has built his administration on hateful policies and false promises. Since the beginning of his campaign, he has been focused on attacking and demonizing many of the hardworking communities that make New Mexico so strong.

Just recently, President Trump showed that pandering to his base and pursuing a racist vanity project are more important than the well-being of service members in New Mexico. His administration announced that they are stealing money from critical military projects in our state to fund an unnecessary border wall. Now he’s coming to Rio Rancho to tout those same divisive and destructive policies.

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) presented at a policy roundtable on New Mexico’s passage of the Criminal Record Expungement Act at the Criminal Justice Legislative Convening in Nashville, Tennessee. The convening was hosted by the Coalition for Public Safety, a bipartisan coalition of American advocacy groups that works to address some of the nation’s most pressing criminal justice reform issues. Rep. Maestas was invited to speak as a national stakeholder because of his ongoing commitment to criminal justice reform.

“People with a criminal history face permanent barriers to employment, housing, education, and other quality of life opportunities,” said Antonio “Moe” Maestas. “I am proud to have sponsored this important legislation to give hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans a second chance to reintegrate into society and contribute to our state’s labor force. The more we can do to learn from one another across state lines – our successes, our challenges, and our experiences – the more educated we will be as policy makers.”

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. "A MOUNTAIN OF MONEY AVAILABLE" -- $907 MILLION IN NEW MONEY FOR STATE GOVERNMENT; WILL DEMOCRATS WASTE IT?

The oil and gas industry in New Mexico continues to deliver millions in new revenues for New Mexico state government. But House Republicans are issuing a warning to Democrats: don't waste this money by expanding state government.

From the Albuquerque Journal:

For the second straight year, New Mexico lawmakers will likely have a mountain of money available for spending on public schools, roads, health care and other programs.

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