Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham touted her administration’s successes and laid out two of her high priorities for the upcoming legislative session throughout a gathering Tuesday of a few of New Mexico’s key gamers within the industrial actual property trade.
Lujan Grisham, who’s operating for reelection in 2022 and has been hammered by her critics over crime — together with a record-breaking variety of homicides in Albuquerque — informed members of a industrial actual property group greatest identified by the acronym NAIOP she was going to “lean in” on statewide initiatives that have an effect on public security.
“No. 1, we’re going to ask for $100 million to enter a fund that may collectively permit us to have 1,000 extra statewide officers. That’s not simply state police,” she stated throughout a luncheon of the New Mexico chapter of the Industrial Actual Property Improvement Affiliation.
Bail reform additionally might be on the governor’s name. Lujan Grisham stated she’s appointed “an excellent quantity” of latest judges, from District Courtroom to the state Supreme Courtroom, and bail reform has been a subject of debate in each interview beforehand.
“We’re going to ask the Legislature … to outline who will get held and who doesn’t,” she stated. “Proper now, we’re engaged on a invoice that claims the next: that in case you commit a criminal offense utilizing a weapon … you aren’t protected sufficient to be out of jail pending your trial. We expect that’s going to be a sea change.”
Lujan Grisham, who arrived to the luncheon about half-hour after her 12:30 p.m. scheduled begin time, spoke whereas carrying a masks. They have been required for admittance to the ballroom on the Albuquerque Marriott.
Lujan Grisham stated she needs to make sure New Mexico doesn’t scale back or remove “significant” constitutional protections.
“However we additionally don’t need violent offenders on our road,” she stated.
Whereas public security will take “kind of heart stage” in the course of the 30-day price range session, Lujan Grisham stated her administration can also be going to pursue what she known as an “financial facet,” specializing in efforts to show New Mexico into what she known as a “hydrogen hub for america.”
“It’s the subsequent huge sector,” she stated, “and if we don’t discover methods to decarbonize [transportation], all of the work that we’re doing within the oil and gasoline trade has restricted worth to the complete state when it comes to local weather change and the surroundings.”
Although Lujan Grisham’s push on hydrogen has sparked considerations from a coalition of environmental teams, the governor stated it may flip right into a windfall for the state.
“It means billions, probably a whole lot of billions, over the course of a decade or two of income shifting by way of our state,” she stated.
Stuart Hamilton, who served as mayor of Angel Hearth from 2008-12 and is now normal supervisor for Goodmans Inside Buildings, stated the governor’s deal with hydrogen stood out in her remarks.
“It’s good that they’re trying ahead to different issues and never simply trying on the standard factor: How can we regulate oil and gasoline?” he stated. “They’re taking a look at another alternatives.”
Throughout her speech, the governor introduced John Garcia, government vice chairman of the Residence Builders Affiliation, has been tapped to function Cupboard secretary of the Normal Companies Division. He stated he’s scheduled to begin the job Nov. 1.
Garcia stated he served as tourism and financial growth secretary within the Gary Johnson administration.
Lynne Andersen, president of the New Mexico chapter of the Industrial Actual Property Improvement Affiliation, stated the group has invited the governor to talk earlier than its members yearly since she’s been president for the final 26 years.
“It’s necessary to listen to from the very best particular person in our state who controls a number of what impacts growth and financial growth in New Mexico,” she stated.
Andersen stated lots of the individuals who attended Tuesday’s luncheon are the homeowners of domestically owned companies.
“Sadly — I’ll add that as a result of it’s one thing that I feel the state wants to grasp — is that these companies typically exit of state to maintain their enterprise alive in New Mexico as a result of there are guidelines and laws which are very totally different in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, which are far more receptive of enterprise, non-public enterprise, than generally New Mexico is,” she stated.
Andersen stated the governor’s speech touched on matters past the “industrial actual property world.”
“We’ve obtained to construct extra jobs,” she stated. “We’ve obtained to construct a better way of life for all the state, and that’s what my guys do.”
Whereas the governor’s remarks have been typically nicely obtained by the trade group, Lujan Grisham was as soon as once more greeted by about 20 protesters outdoors.
“We’re sick of the tyranny,” stated Kathy Carrillo, a 54-year-old Albuquerque enterprise proprietor.
“We’re sick of the mandates [stemming from the coronavirus pandemic], the taking away of our freedoms. All the pieces that she stands for is unsuitable, and if we don’t get up now, we’re shedding every little thing.”
Carrillo wore a T-shirt emblazoned with “New Mexican Lizard Individuals Unite” on the entrance, a reference to a joke Lujan Grisham made when a big group of protesters disrupted an occasion in June when she formally introduced she was looking for reelection.
“I simply need to say,” Lujan Grisham stated on the time, “I’m sorry that we picked the identical location that the QAnon lizard folks assembly was at.”
Carrillo stated a few of the governor’s critics have “completely embraced” the name-calling.
“QAnon, , that’s one thing completely totally different, however we’re the lizard folks,” she stated. “Preserve it coming. That’s what we do. We flip what’s unhealthy for good, and that’s what we’ll proceed to do.”