Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Governor Susana Martinez pocket vetoed Senate Bill 79 which would have restored New Mexico’s Solar Tax Credit. In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Legislative Director Ben Shelton issued the following statement:

“Despite winning bipartisan support in the legislature for the second time, Gov. Martinez chose to pocket veto Senate Bill 79. Gov. Martinez’s veto of Senate Bill 79 shows that she is out of step with the values of New Mexicans. Gov. Martinez talks a lot about jobs, but when presented with an opportunity to support one of the fastest growing, job-creating industries in the state – she chose to put the private profits of campaign contributors in the oil and gas industry who see solar as a threat to their bottom line over clean air for our children to breathe,” says Ben Shelton, Conservation Voters New Mexico Legislative Director.