Constitutional Crisis in New Mexico?

posted by Judge_Burke @ 15:43 PM
May 23, 2017

What if a legislature was so fed up with the Governor that they decided not to appropriate any money for the Office of Governor? That did not happen in New Mexico, but something like that did happen – and so far the New Mexico Supreme Court has decided not to intervene:

The New Mexico Supreme Court rejected a request to override budget vetoes, leaving negotiations about how to solve the state’s budget crisis — and restore funding to the Legislature — in the hands of the governor and lawmakers. In a two-page order, the court said it was too soon to consider any possible constitutional violations related to Gov. Susana Martinez’s vetoes of all funding for the Legislature and state universities in the coming fiscal year. The order said the Legislature’s lawsuit was “not ripe for review,” siding with attorneys for the governor who cautioned justices against an abuse of their judicial power. The Republican governor has called a special session for May 24 in an attempt to resolve the state budget crisis linked to faltering tax revenues and a weak state economy. The Democratic-led Legislature had argued that Martinez overstepped her authority by defunding the legislative branch of government and all state institutions of higher education. Martinez had urged the state Supreme Court to stay out of budget negotiations and said her vetoes were made in pursuit of reductions to state spending and never sought to abolish the Legislature.

 


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