The 2022 Legislative Session
The 2022 30-day session was disappointing, not just at the time but even more so considering the early and massive wildfire season that started just two months later. The urgency to move quickly and boldly to address the climate crisis was great then, and is even greater now.
Ultimately the legislature settled on a budget that didn’t address the challenge. For example, NMED submitted a request for 14 new employees to form a climate bureau. HB 2 ultimately included $650,000 for a climate bureau, sufficient for 3 to 4 staff.
With significant surpluses in the form of both state and federal dollars, New Mexico had the opportunity to make a real investment in setting the state up. The budget process didn’t take advantage of that opportunity.
Despite the misses for climate action, significant progress was made in the conservation space between the allocation of ARPA funds in the December 2021 special session and the 2022 short session budget. Money set aside for State Parks, outdoor recreation, and some public land acquisitions indicates that the legislature and Governor committed to resourcing the state’s 30×30 plan and executive message moving forward.
It’s time to confront the heartbreaking truth: we are in a climate emergency. Our commitment to passing bold climate legislation has not wavered, but we will need your support and commitment to ensure that our elected leaders will take bold climate action to protect our communities, families, and economies and build a future in which our children and future generations can thrive.
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