Brian Egolf
Egolf: January session just the beginning of large scale reform

As a parade of major legislation on gun control, education and energy makes its way to the senate in the New Mexico Legislature, Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf  (D-47) said it’s only the beginning of a bigger plan. And no, the Democratic majority is not trying to run the state’s oil and gas industry out of the state.

“I can’t say there’s been probably 10-to-1 this session conversations appreciating the industry, thanking the industry for making contributions to the state for making the surplus possible and enabling us to engage in an education moon shot,” Egolf said. “A war on oil and gas is a figment of the imagination of the House minority.”

He also addressed criticism that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s request for a $500 million increase in education funding that the legislature is trying to meet is just a small part of a five-year plan to fully fund public education.

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