Governor Introduces Budget Increase Proposal for New Mexico Department of the Environment for Fiscal 23 – Los Alamos Reporter


Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham today released her fiscal year 23 budget proposal, prioritizing the efforts of the New Mexico Department of the Environment (NMED) to address climate change by creating a first office climate change, tackling ozone pollution in neighboring states and protecting the public from dangerous chemicals, including PFAS. If passed by the New Mexico legislature, this budget represents a 48.7% increase in state funding for NMED.

“My administration believes that clean air, clean water and clean land are the right of every New Mexican, and I am committed to providing the resources to state agencies to ensure this is the right case “said Governor Lujan Grisham. “This administration also believes that we do not have to choose between the environment and the economy. We will continue to do everything – lead the country in cleaning up the industry, take meaningful action on climate change, and protect public health – while strengthening and diversifying our economy and creating more jobs in our state. . ”

“This budget proposal is a big step forward in our efforts to move to a carbon neutral economy, support the safe start of the recreational cannabis program, protect our limited water supplies from severe drought, and ensure that the land of enchantment is a safe place. live, work and prosper, ”said NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney. “I look forward to working with our lawmakers to get their votes in favor of this budget increase. Without the support of state legislators, the Department of the Environment cannot serve its constituents. ”

The NMED budget is a combination of general state funds, federal funding, and revenues collected for various permits and licenses. Effective July 1, 2022, the proposed general fund portion of the NMED budget will increase from $ 16.0 million to $ 23.8 million, an increase of $ 7.8 million. The remainder of the NMED budget is $ 87 million (federal funding and revenue collected for permits / licenses).

Highlights of the proposed budget for fiscal year 23 include:


• $ 2.5 million for the creation of a one-of-a-kind climate change office with 15 employees, which will put in place market-based transformation mechanisms for our economy and climate, including the Clean Fuel Standard Act , the Hydrogen Hub Act and the Climate Commitment Act. and develop additional policies to bring New Mexico to net zero emissions by 2050

• $ 2.4 million to ensure safe drinking water from contaminants such as PFAS, restore watersheds and wetlands essential to our outdoor economy, and alleviate drought issues this year

Unlike the governor’s recommended budget proposal for an agency that protects public health and the environment, the legislative finance committee proposed a 6.4% increase.

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