Sarah Maestas Barnes: “Wrong Priorities”

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What does it say about Republican State Representative Sarah Maestas Barnes that she voted to cut 75% of funding from projects for our seniors?

Fact Check: Maestas Barnes Voted For SB 159 In 2015, The Severance Tax Bond Projects Bill Which Reduced “Senior Citizen Projects Totaling $8.5 Million” [SB 159, 2015 Fiscal Impact Report, 3/21/15]

SB 159 “Cut 77 Percent Of Funding From Projects For Senior Citizens” And $1.6 Million From A “Critical Home Service Program That Reduces Costly Emergency Room Visits For Seniors.” According to ProgressNow NM and the New Mexico House Democrats, “House Republicans cut 77 percent of funding from projects for senior citizens — projects that would have fed hungry senior citizens and fixed collapsing roofs in senior centers. Over $1.6 million was cut from Los Volcanes, Rio Rancho, and Tijeras Senior Centers, as well as from a critical home service program that reduces costly emergency room visits for seniors.” [ProgressNow NM, 4/8/15]

Projects that fed needy senior citizens, repaired senior centers, and provided critical in-home services so our seniors could stay in their own homes (and avoid costly emergency room visits.)

What does it say when Republican Maestas Barnes took over $42,000 from big oil and gas companies, then turned around and voted to eliminate local control and allow fracking wherever those companies wanted, even in your backyard without your permission.

Fact Check: Maestas Barnes Received $42,850 In Campaign Contributions From Oil & Gas Interests. According to the New Mexico Secretary of State, Maestas Barnes received $42,850 in campaign contributions from oil & gas interests. [New Mexico Secretary of State, accessed 9/20/16]

Maestas Barnes Voted For HB 366, The Oil And Gas State Preemption During The 2015 Legislative Session. According to the New Mexico State Legislature, Maestas Barnes voted for HB 366, the oil and gas state preemption. [New Mexico Legislature, HB 366, 3/10/15]

HB 366 “Would Have Invalidated Any County And Municipality Ordinance Relating To Oil And Gas Law, Including Zoning Ordinances – Removing The Critical Flexibility That Communities Need To Protect The Public Interest On A Local Scale.” According to Conservation New Mexico, “Counties and municipalities have the power to adopt local ordinances that best suit community needs and interests. To date, some communities have passed ordinances restricting certain aspects of oil and gas production in response to concerns of water contamination and health risks. HB 366 would have invalidated any county and municipality ordinance relating to oil and gas law, including zoning ordinances–removing the critical flexibility that communities need to protect the public interest on a local scale.” [Conservation New Mexico, accessed 6/28/16]

HB 366 Would “Limit Local Control And Gives The State Oil Conservation Division And Oil Conservation Commission Exclusive Authority To Regulate Oil And Gas Extraction.” According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, “On a 37-28 vote, the House passed an amended version of House Bill 366, which limits local control and gives the state Oil Conservation Division and Oil Conservation Commission exclusive authority to regulate oil and gas extraction, well siting and processing except on tribal lands.” [Santa Fe New Mexican, 3/10/15]

Whose side was she on when she voted to cut up to $80 million from Medicaid funding to protect tax giveaways to the rich.

Fact Check: Maestas Barnes Voted Against The Economy For Everyone Amendment Which Would Have Ensured That “$20 Million Will Be Directed To Medicaid.” According to the New Mexico House Democrats, “The Economy for Everyone Amendment also will ensure that an added $20 million will be directed to Medicaid.” [New Mexico House Democrats, 2/6/16]

ABQ Journal: “The Federal Government Pays New Mexico From $3 To $4 For Every Dollar It Spends” On Medicaid. According to the Albuquerque Journal, “As a result, HSD came up $86 million short of what it projected it needed in state funds for the next 16 months. The federal government pays New Mexico from $3 to $4 for every dollar it spends – so the total shortfall balloons to $417 million when the missing federal matching funds are factored in.” [Albuquerque Journal, 3/5/16]

The Economy For Everyone Amendment Would “Rely On Delaying The Corporate Income Tax And Single-Sales Factor.” According to the New Mexico Political Report, “A proposed amendment by Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, would rely on delaying the corporate income tax and single-sales factor. That would happen from Senate Bill 252, introduced by Senate Finance Committee chair John Arthur Smith, D-Deming. […] The House Democrats referred to the amendment as the ‘Economy for Everyone Amendment.’” [NM Political Report, 2/6/16]

Cuts to seniors.

Siding with big oil and gas companies.

Cutting Medicaid to protect tax cuts for the wealthy.

Priorities matter, and it is clear from her actions, that Republican Mastras Barnes’ priority isn’t us.

 

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