Analysis: Martinez Ad Misleading

New Mexico – Taxes and spending during Gov. Bill Richardson's administration have become political grenades in New Mexico's governor race.

But criticisms leveled by the Republican gubernatorial nominee Susana Martinez are based on a selective use of data about the budget and New Mexico's tax burden.

Throughout the campaign, Martinez has blasted Gov. Bill Richardson and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Diane Denish for double-digit spending increases in the state budget since 2003, when the governor took office.

It's true that state spending increased significantly as the economy grew and revenues rose, particularly from oil and gas production.

But guess what? The budget in Martinez's district attorney's office increased at a faster rate than the state budget during the same time.

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