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Gov. Lujan Grisham releases FY24 executive budget recommendation

Jan 10, 2023 | Legislative Updates, Press Releases

SANTA FE – Amid an unprecedented fiscal outlook for the state, the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration on Tuesday released the FY24 Executive Budget Recommendation from the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, totaling $9.4B in recurring spending, an 11.9% increase from the last fiscal year. The executive recommendation will maintain reserves at 34.9%, among the highest in state history, while increasing investments in priority areas like housing and homelessness, health care and behavioral health, education and child well-being, public safety, and economic development and tax rebates.

“Today, we have a historic opportunity for change in the state of New Mexico,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “This budget builds upon the immense progress and success of the last four years, continuing to improve the lives of the people of New Mexico by funding programs, policies and initiatives that we know are working. It also empowers the state to continue to take on new and innovative strategies that are disrupting the status quo, that help our children, our families, our schools, our small businesses and our entire economy to grow and prosper.”

The FY24 budget recommendation aims to create a stronger foundation for the future of New Mexico, investing in the safety, education, and well-being of all New Mexicans.

Highlights from the budget recommendation include the following:

Housing and Homelessness

  • $25M for rental assistance and eviction prevention
  • $13M to incentivize development and zoning updates
  • $10M for the state’s Home Ownership Down Payment Assistance Program
  • $6M for a new comprehensive landlord support program
  • $4M for mobile homelessness response teams at the Department of Health

Health Care & Behavioral Health

  • $200M to establish the Rural Health Care Delivery Fund
  • $28M for the Health Professional Loan Repayment Program
  • $10M for the New Mexicare senior caregiver support program
  • $10M for a full-spectrum reproductive health clinic in southern New Mexico
  • $5M for additional support for alcohol abuse prevention and treatment
  • $32.5M for graduate medical education programs across the state
  • $7.7M for nursing programs at New Mexico’s higher education institutions
  • $5.8M to maintain existing school-based health centers and expand access to more than 25,000 students

Education and Child Wellbeing

  • $220.1M for extended in-classroom learning time
  • $30M to provide healthy universal school meals
  • $2.9M to the Children, Youth and Families Department for 60 new protective services staff, to be supported by additional federal matching funds
  • $277.3M for continued investments in affordable, high-quality child care
  • $131M to maintain and expand access to high-quality pre-k education
  • $40.4M for the continued expansion of early childhood home visiting
  • $111.1M to provide a four percent salary increase for all school personnel
  • $100M for health care premium costs for public school personnel
  • $157.4M for the Opportunity Scholarship

Public Safety

  • $100M for continued law enforcement recruitment funding
  • $4M for Law Enforcement Survivors Benefits
  • $4M for Firefighter Survivors Benefits
  • $2.2M to create two hotshot forest fire crews

Economic Development & Infrastructure

  • $1B in economic relief through tax rebates
  • $128M for water infrastructure improvements
  • $146M for continued statewide broadband expansion
  • $35M for Local Economic Development Act funding
  • $75M for the Land of Enchantment Legacy Fund

The executive budget also includes $91.3M to provide a four percent pay raise for all state employees to ensure New Mexico’s workforce is competitively compensated.

The full details of the FY24 Executive Budget Recommendation are available here.

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