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New Mexico governor revamps website to tout accomplishments

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SANTA FE (AP) — The website for the governor's office in New Mexico has undergone a makeover to highlight anticipated economic accomplishments during the eight-year tenure of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

As a Democrat prepares to succeed Martinez, her office is citing a $2 billion budget surplus by combining two years of estimated state government income that hasn't materialized yet.

Those estimates were made in August as oil production in the New Mexico hit an all-time high and will be revised next week. Government economists say the state's recent revenue growth is mostly tied to the energy sector.

The revamped website echoes the upbeat assessment of Martinez's accomplishments as described on a separate website funded by undisclosed contributors to a nonprofit group called New Mexico Legacy.

New Mexico's termed-out governor will be succeeded in January by Democratic Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham, who defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce as Democrats swept statewide and congressional races in the November election, while bolstering the party's state House majority.

The race for governor was dominated by concerns about the state's economic dependence on a boom-and-bust oil sector along with struggling public schools.


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