After 2022 wildfires, N.M. governor proposes elite firefighter corp
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also aims to create a $75 million fund to address the causes of water scarcity and climate change
By Leila Merrill
SANTA FE, N.M. — In her state of the state address Tuesday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called for funding to establish a New Mexico-based corps of elite smokejumper firefighters who can rapidly respond.
The state has a multibillion-dollar budget surplus and is in the aftermath of what the Associated Press described as “catastrophic 2022 wildfires.”
The governor also proposed the creation of a $75 million trust fund to address the underlying causes of water scarcity and climate change.