An overhaul of New Mexico’s struggling public education system is at the forefront of legislative priorities as an expanded Democratic majority arrives at the state Capitol for a 60-day session on Tuesday.
The inauguration of Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to succeed a two-term Republican has opened up a floodgate for progressive-led initiatives on matters of climate change, abortion rights and gun control.
Martinez’s departure also sets the stage for attempts to increase the minimum wage and possible authorization of recreational marijuana.
The new governor and allied majority leaders of the state House and Senate say the No. 1 priority is bolstering resources for public education.
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House Speaker Brian Egolf says the goal is to break free of a vicious cycle of poverty.