State’s job losses could impact governor’s race

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Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 12:56 pm, Tue May 20, 2014.

Job losses in New Mexico accelerated during the past 12 months, making it just one of two states to lose jobs while the rest of the United States was growing, according to data released Friday.

For the 12 months ending in April 2014, the state reported a net loss of 4,400 jobs, according to the state Department of Workforce Solutions.

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  • Fred Stokes posted at 3:50 pm on Tue, May 20, 2014.

    fredstokes Posts: 93

    The facts are:

    1. New Mexico lags the nation and every state in job creation.
    2. Martinez is governor.

  • Stephen Hauf posted at 8:39 am on Tue, May 20, 2014.

    stevehf Posts: 21

    I wonder what would happen to the Tesla bid if we had governor with business executive experience at the helm?

  • Stephen Hauf posted at 8:37 am on Tue, May 20, 2014.

    stevehf Posts: 21

    The last time the consumer class which supports the job creator class in New Mexico got a tax cut was under Bill Richardson. The Governor boasts of taming a deficit. This is half the story. In a constitutionally mandated balanced budget state like New Mexico where so much tax revenue depends on sales taxes sudden economic downturns inevitably create a deficit which the legislature and the Governor must correct.
    In this regard it does not matter what parties the legislators and executives belong to - it is fiduciary duty they cannot escape. Though painful to government services at times , it is a good thing to always sign a balanced legislative spending budget.

  • Michael Murray posted at 4:58 pm on Sat, May 17, 2014.

    Mike M Posts: 62

    How about a dirty little secret?
    The unemployment rate does not count those who have quit looking for work.
    By that way of thinking if everyone out of work just quit looking, the unemployment rate would be zero.
    More governmental smoke and mirrors to keep the sheep happy. Just play with the unemployment, inflation, immigration or any other numbers until they deliver the desired result.
    Haven't we learned it all depends on what the definition of the word is is?

  • Joe Savoldi posted at 2:29 pm on Sat, May 17, 2014.

    joesavoldi Posts: 20

    These are all Democrats commenting here who can't stand the fact that they are not in power. Two state govt officials are Republican and Dems are so used to controlling every state office that it festers. How about some ideas on how to improve the economy. Your guy whom you voted for twice is in DC and the economy grew at 0.1% last quarter. Revised figures will show it actually shrank. What do you experts say about that? That he cares about the poor and the middle class and minorities?
    As for "one of us", so is Manny Aragon, Michael Montoya, Robert Vigil, Joe Ruiz, etc, etc....Bill Richardson?

  • Thomas Carlson posted at 1:38 pm on Sat, May 17, 2014.

    Thomas Carlson Posts: 56

    The oiligarchs (Koch Brothers) would prefer that you not know this. 2-5 million gallons of water for each fracked well... Wait! We're in the midst of a historically unprecedented drought, right? You have to wonder what their real agenda is.

  • Donald Gallegos posted at 11:29 am on Sat, May 17, 2014.

    Don Gall Posts: 8

    Doesn't appear that way. In her second ad, Darren Cordova said she is one of us. One of us?? How so? She promised to stop corruption, pledged not to be like Bill, and be BOLD. Guess the more things change, the more they stay the same, job losses, child welfare, and people are not going hungry in NM. And her COS using the state credit card after acknowledging not to use it for personal use racked up charges for personal items. When Jerome Block did it, it was illegal, when Keith Gardner does it, it's a misunderstanding and he promises not to do it again. Not to mention, she never apologized for her inner circle staffers who used the "R word" to describe Speaker Lujan. But she
    is on of us right Darren?

  • Eli Chavez posted at 10:40 am on Sat, May 17, 2014.

    Eli Chavez Posts: 25

    Susana Martinez is owned by billionaires (The Koch Brothers). In my view corruption is corruption whether it was during Richardson time in office or during Susana Martinez Administration. The question is where did the Old GOP go and hide. Because the old GOP Party was replaced by the New GOP KKK Party that has become a Racist Party. Gov. Martinez belongs to the same party that the Koch Brothers, Ted Nugget, Rush L., Glenn Beck, and the list goes on and on. Why would Gov. Martinez Forgive her Chief of Staff for using a State of New Mexico Credit Card to benefit himself. New Mexicans work hard and pay their taxes and the COS was forgiven. I can only imagine if a New Mexico State Employee would of used the Issued Credit Card to charge things for him/her self. The A/G would of jumped on the case and put the State Employee through the Judicial System that all New Mexicans have to go through. So I believe that Gov. Martinez should resign her position of trust and/or the A/G should follow the guidelines set fourth by law to prosecute the case. If the A/G does not want to go after Gov. Martinez the A/G should go to the FBI and pass on the the Case to the FBI for Investigation. Shame on Gov. Martinez.

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 10:15 am on Sat, May 17, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 189

    Not to mention she has been a disaster for our environment; check the record and is obviously being "groomed" for greater things by the money-bound GOP. God help the country as ms. do-little, except for taking care of her money friends, climbs the political ladder. And one quick caveat; during the last Legislative session went on a Round House guided tour and asked our docent what people thought of our governor; her response was "the children seemed to like her " ! And to me that said something, although not exactly sure what ! New Mexico deserves better than this and the hour is getting late both nationally and locally, where WE THE PEOPLE can make a difference !

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 9:06 am on Sat, May 17, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    Don't forget the constant bleating, "She's female and she's Hispanic." How that qualifies one for governor of anything is an amazing bit of twisted logic.

    As you say, Mr. Hayes, do people really think?

  • Mel Hayes posted at 8:00 am on Sat, May 17, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117

    No thinking person will vote for her Ron, but do people really think before voting?

  • Ron Romero posted at 6:33 am on Sat, May 17, 2014.

    RonRomero Posts: 44

    Oh ... but she sold the state jet and bought every first grader one book, of "their very own". Her own commercials have nothing she can name as an accomplishment. What a terrible governor she has been.

    I would love to hear from her supporters as to why on earth anyone with a brain should vote for her. The only thing I've ever heard from these sheep is that "at least she's not Bill Richardson, do you want to go back to those days?".

    Riding a bad democrat's coattails into governorship worked once, now she has to stand on her own record. It's time to wake up and realize she is not a good leader and vote her out , plain and simple.


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