Gov. Lujan Grisham signs New Mexico state budget for 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the $7.4 billion New Mexico state budget for 2022 Friday morning.

The final budget was approved by the legislature during the 60-day session. It was larger than the governor’s original budget recommendation.

Here are the key takeaways:

  • Spending will increase 5% over the amended fiscal year 2021 budget, with 36% of new General Fund spending going to education initiatives
  • Budget includes 1.5% raises for public school and higher ed personnel, as well as state employees and frontline health and social service workers
  • $30.7 million increase to the Human Services Department to expand mental health and substance use disorder services
  • $17.5 million increase for projects funded through the Local Economic Development Act
  • $12 million in additional funding for the Opportunity Scholarship and Lottery Scholarship
  • $17 million to restore and revitalize the state’s tourism economic sector
  • $300 million for roadway infrastructure and improvements

The governor also signed House Bill 285 which funds more than $511 million in projects across the state, including:

  • $10 million for improvements at correctional and health facilities
  • $12.5 million for Local Economic Development Act projects
  • $52 million for tribal projects
  • Nearly $48 million for public safety projects
  • $61 million for water and wastewater projects
  • $49 million for higher ed institutions
  • About $34 million for public schools
  • $53 million for road projects
  • More than $8 million for acequias, ditches and dams

Lujan Grisham released the following statement:

“This budget is responsible and responsive to the needs of New Mexicans right now and in the future. This legislative season has been a remarkable success for New Mexicans in every corner of our state – with almost a billion dollars in new targeted pandemic relief for businesses and workers and more, with groundbreaking new initiatives in economic development and health care and environmental protection, and with, finally, a solid and sustainable budget that maintains and increases funding for key programs that benefit children and families and workers while ensuring our reserves remain robust and healthy. I want to thank the Legislature and Department of Finance and Administration staff for their diligent work throughout this budget process.”