State treasurer backs lawmakers in dispute with Lujan Grisham over spending authority

State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg is siding with two lawmakers who filed a lawsuit against Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham over which branch of government has the authority to appropriate federal pandemic relief funds.

In a written response ordered by the state Supreme Court, an attorney for Eichenberg asserts the expenditure of COVID-19 relief funds requires legislative appropriation.

“Under the state constitution, only the Legislature has appropriation authority,” the attorney, Linda Bennett, said in an interview Wednesday.