Governor talks vetoes, taxes in Taos

Gov. Susana Martinez visited Taos Tuesday (April 18) to discuss her vetoes and the state's budget. About a dozen residents showed up to the speech at the New Mexico State Police headquarters, some who were verbally confrontational.
Video by Cody Hooks/The Taos News

Gov. Susana Martinez spoke in Taos today (April 18) at 3 p.m. discussing the bills she has signed and vetoed. More than a dozen people turned out, some heckling her and peppering her with questions.

The governor spoke at the New Mexico State Police District 7 Office, 241 Paseo del Cañón, in Taos.

Martinez has been at odds with lawmakers from both parties over the state budget. The governor has repeatedly said she refuses to sign a budget that will raise taxes. Lawmakers sent her a budget bill with several options that included cuts to programs and raising taxes on items, such as gasoline.

Martinez, a Republican, vetoed more than 140 bills out of the 2017 session. Democratic lawmakers have threatened to sue her over some of the vetoes.