Susana Martinez on Jobs
Vetoed minimum wage law; it would kill jobs
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham said that she would push to increase New Mexico's minimum wage to $10 an hour--and even higher in the future--and either eliminate or bump up an annual limit on spending on film tax credits. Both
ideas would represent a departure from the policies of Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican who is barred from seeking a third consecutive term in 2018.
Martinez vetoed two minimum wage bills this year. She also struck down 2013 legislation that would
have increased the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, saying at the time that the bill would "kill New Mexico jobs."
As for the film incentive program, New Mexico offers a 25% tax rebate to film companies for most direct, in-state expenditures, though
long-running television programs are eligible for an additional 5% credit--or 30% in all. Martinez signed legislation in 2011 that enacted an annual $50 million limit on annual film rebate spending, which had been steadily increasing in previous years.
Source: Albuquerque Journal on 2018 New Mexico governor race
, Oct 18, 2017
Protect government jobs at our labs and military bases
While New Mexico has seen some job gains in certain private sector industries, there is no question that the number of government jobs is on the decline. Last year, New Mexico lost more than 4,800 government jobs, including 400 federal jobs in a single
month. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Washington, DC is going to solve the budget mess anytime soon.
I am committed to working with our delegation to protect our labs and military bases and fighting to avoid further cuts.
Our labs and bases are not only important to New Mexico, but they are critical to the security of America.
However, we'd be foolish to leave our state's economy at the mercy of the next fiscal cliff in Washington. The opportunity to forge a new path
and shape our own destiny is before us. It's an opportunity defined not by decisions made in Washington, but by the hard work and ingenuity of New Mexicans. That means diversifying our economy and growing the private sector.
Source: 2013 State of the State address to N.M. Legislature
, Jan 15, 2013
Cover some salary when businesses hire unemployed workers
When people are out of work, we must provide a safety net for the unemployed worker to ensure people can continue to feed their families. But we must do more than just hand out unemployment checks. We must also help people get back to work. That's why
I propose encouraging small businesses to hire unemployed workers by covering part of their salaries for the first six months through the unemployment fund. This will help the state by getting people off the unemployment rolls; it will help small
businesses by making it easier for them to grow. And it will help families by getting more New Mexicans back to work. And we must refocus our mission outward--on helping small businesses grow. That's why we'll cut wasteful programs that do little for
job creation. And redirect resources to open an Office of Business Advocacy within the Economic Development Department. We'll do more, with less. This office will help small businesses break through regulatory roadblocks.
Source: 2011 New Mexico State of the State Address
, Jan 18, 2011
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