New Mexico Governor Defends Pandemic Spending to Legislature

Governing: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has defended her administration’s emergency pandemic spending in response to a legislative inquiry, saying she was puzzled by lawmakers’ interest in a “pedantic matter” during a public health crisis.

In a letter sent this week, the first-term Democratic governor also said previous governors had authorized the spending of large dollar amounts to address natural disasters without legislative approval.

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