ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham praised her administration’s successes and outlined two of her top priorities for the next legislative session during a meeting Tuesday of some of the major players in New Mexico’s commercial real estate industry.
“look at statewide initiatives that affect public safety.
“No. 1, we’re going to ask for $ 100 million for a fund that would collectively allow us to have 1,000 additional officers across the state. It’s not just the state police,” he said. she said at a luncheon for the New Mexico chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
The reform of the bond will also be at the call of the governor. Lujan Grisham said she had appointed “a good number” of new justices, from the district court to the state Supreme Court, and bail reform had been a topic of discussion in every pre-interview.
“We are going to ask the Legislature … to define who is detained and who is not,” she said. “Right now, we are working on a bill that says the following: if you commit a crime by using a weapon… you are not safe enough to get out of jail while awaiting your trial. We believe it will be. a sea currency. “
Lujan Grisham, who arrived for lunch around 30 minutes past his scheduled start time of 12:30 p.m., spoke while wearing a mask. They were required to be admitted into the Albuquerque Marriott ballroom.
Lujan Grisham said she wanted to make sure New Mexico didn’t reduce or eliminate “significant” constitutional protections.
“But we don’t want violent offenders on our street either,” she said.
With public safety “sort of front and center” during the 30-day budget session, Lujan Grisham said his administration would also pursue what she called an “economic aspect”, in turn. focusing on efforts to transform New Mexico into what she called a “hydrogen hub for the United States.”
“This is the next big sector,” she said, “and if we don’t find ways to decarbonise [transportation], all of the work we do in the oil and gas industry has limited value to the whole state in terms of climate change and the environment. “
Although Lujan Grisham’s hydrogen push has raised concerns from a coalition of environmental groups, the governor has said it could turn out to be a boon for the state.
“That means billions, potentially hundreds of billions, over the course of a decade or two of revenue flowing through our state,” she said.
Stuart Hamilton, who served as mayor of Angel Fire from 2008-2012 and is now managing director of Goodmans Interior Structures, said the governor’s focus on hydrogen stood out in his remarks.
“It’s good that they are looking forward to other things and not just the same old thing: How do we regulate oil and gas? ” he said. “They are looking for other opportunities.”
During her speech, the governor announced that John Garcia, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association, had been selected to serve as Cabinet secretary for the Department of General Services. He said he was due to start labor on November 1. Garcia said he was tourism and economic development secretary in the Gary Johnson administration.
Lynne Andersen, president of the New Mexico chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, said the group has invited the governor to speak to its members every year since she was president for 26 years.
“It’s important to hear from the highest person in our state who controls much of what impacts the development and economic development of New Mexico,” she said.
Andersen said many of the people who attended Tuesday’s lunch are local business owners.
“Unfortunately – I’ll add this because it’s something I think the state needs to understand – is that these companies often go out of state to keep their business alive in New Mexico, because there is very different rules and regulations in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, which are much more receptive to business, to private affairs, than New Mexico sometimes is, ”she said.
Andersen said the governor’s speech touched on topics beyond “the world of commercial real estate.”
“We need to create more jobs,” she said. “We have to build a higher standard of living for the whole state, and that’s what my guys are doing.”
While the governor’s remarks were generally well received by the industry group, Lujan Grisham was again greeted by around 20 protesters outside.
“We’re sick of tyranny,” said Kathy Carrillo, 54, an Albuquerque business owner. “We are fed up with warrants [stemming from the coronavirus pandemic], the suppression of our freedoms. Everything she stands for is wrong, and if we don’t stand up now, we will lose everything. “
Carrillo wore a T-shirt emblazoned with “New Mexican Lizard People Unite” on the front, a reference to a joke Lujan Grisham made when a large group of protesters disrupted an event in June when she officially announced that she was running for re-election.
“I just have to say,” said Lujan Grisham at the time, “I’m sorry we picked the same location where the QAnon Lizard People’s Meeting was being held.”
Carrillo said some of the governor’s critics had “totally embraced” the name calling.
“QAnon, you know, it’s something totally different, but we are the lizard people,” she said. “Keep going. This is what we are doing. We are turning what is bad into good, and that is what we will continue to do.”