Governor Johnson bragged that one of his veto messages was “I’m vetoing this piece of legislation because it’s just way too long and we don’t understand what it says.”
Governor Johsnon looked for private alternatives to the infrastructure spending that too oftenbusts state budgets. For example, Highway 44 between Albuquerque and Farmington was“designed, financed, built, and guaranteed by a private company.”
In 2000, he refused to sign a budget and forced a special session with the legislature overfunding priorities, a battle which ended with Johnson signing a $3.5 billion dollar budget butvetoing several small spending priorities such as $5 million on expanded Medicaid.
Hethreatened to shut down state government when the legislature fought him and eventhreatened to let prisoners out of jail if the state couldn’t afford to house them.
On federal issues, Governor Johnson says he would have opposed TARP. “Government shouldnot have been involved in this…Why should Goldman and AIG be saved but not Lehman?”
Healso wants to eliminate government subsidies for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
He says hewould have voted against the stimulus.
He has said that he would cut the federal budget by 43%, “Start out with the big four -Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and defense,” Johnson said in New Hampshire in early2011.
America’s major middle-class entitlement programs are already insolvent. The Club for Growthsupports entitlement reforms that enable personal ownership of retirement and health care programs, benefit from market returns, and diminish dependency on government.
Governor Johnson has an excellent record of holding down the exploding growth of entitlementprograms that now cripple state budgets. As Governor, Johnson presided over the beginning of managed care for Medicaid recipients in New Mexico and pushed for speedy implementation.
The managed care program (known as Salud!) replaces fee-for service and coversapproximately two-thirds of available services under Medicaid.
Salud! has generally been
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Associated Press, 4/13/00
Republican Liberty Caucus interview, 1/19/10,http://www.rlc.org/2010/01/19/interview-with-governor-gary-earl-johnson/
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Concord Monitor, 1/13/11
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“Concise Guide to New Mexico Medicaid”, New Mexico Hospital Association, November 2008