Editorial

Person to watch in 2019:  New governor, new day

Taos News editorial team
Posted 1/11/19

Winning the election in 2018 may have been the easy part. Now, Lujan Grisham begins the tough job of actually governing New Mexico.

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Editorial

Person to watch in 2019:  New governor, new day

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Winning the election in 2018 may have been the easy part. Now, Lujan Grisham begins the tough job of actually governing New Mexico.

It is a state with an education system that a judge says is underfunded. Its child welfare system has failed spectacularly, leading to episodes of cruelty that have shocked the state’s conscience. Its economy has lagged for years. And that’s not to mention water issues or climate change. Luckily for her, the state’s new Democratic governor has a political mandate after winning this year’s election by 14 percentage points. She also has a budget surplus to work with, one that may allow her to deliver on at least some of her campaign promises.She’s been careful not to promise too much. Lujan Grisham will be under pressure to diversify and amplify an economy reliant on the roller coaster of oil and gas money. Unlike her Republican predecessor,  Lujan Grisham won’t be presiding over a state government that lurches from one standoff with Democratic leaders to the next. So, yes, there may be a honeymoon.

And then….?

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