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    Gov. Susana Martinez arrives on the House floor on the opening day of the state Legislature on Jan. 15 to deliver her State of the State address. In the national media, Martinez has been described as a Republican governor who reaches across party lines, but in New Mexico, some Democratic lawmakers complain that communication isn’t quite so free flowing. New Mexican file photo

Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 12:45 am, Sun Nov 10, 2013.

Since her trip to New Jersey to campaign for Gov. Chris Christie last week, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has received a lot of national press, with many reports describing her as a “blue state” governor who knows how to reach across the aisle and work with a Democratic Legislature.

“Like [Christie], Martinez is young moderate in a blue-leaning state who has worked with a Democratic legislature …” said a Christian Science Monitor article Wednesday about Christie’s landslide re-election victory Tuesday.

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12 comments:

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:58 pm on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    Yes, she would rather pale in comparison to a Yale Law degree, former Secretary of State, wouldn't she? But of course, our governor has a law degree from someplace, doesn't she? Where? And she worked in for the public as well, too--let's see, it was, ummm, err, ahh, Dona Ana County District Attorney! That's it! Pardonez moi whilst I laugh at any comparasion or similarity between the two.

    The best thing Martinez could do for the Democrats is run for anything in 2016. Keep doing what you are doing and the whole world will be laughing.

    BTW: They cut to commercial during your speech. That's what the GOP thinks of Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico. No one--network, independents, democrats, republicans, tea party, or outright crazies--cuts to commercial when Hillary speaks. (Maybe Bill does.)

     
  • Marcos Ortega posted at 9:11 am on Tue, Nov 12, 2013.

    Marcos Ortega Posts: 19

    Susana is "great" for New Mexico as long as we don't mind being owned by Florida, New Jersey, Texas and any of the other states that are funding her campaign.

    Let's not forget the state employees who were "released" from their jobs at PED & NM Magazine only to be replaced by out of state contractors. [sad]

     
  • LEONARD MILES posted at 7:26 am on Tue, Nov 12, 2013.

    Itsjustalila Posts: 6

    Susana, if picked for vice president would be good for a Hillary ticket. The comparison would prove republicans have no weight.

     
  • mark mocha posted at 7:33 am on Mon, Nov 11, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 207

    Our Governor is doing just fine thank you.... crossing party lines, opening up exchanges, taking that free money, pissing off conservatives and wacko tea party extremists. Yup, doing just fine. Of course there are always haters in the crowd who find it easier to destroy than build. Don't listen to them Gov. Keep doing what yer doing and all will be fine!!!!! We got your back!!!

     
  • Gregorio Ambrosini posted at 2:25 pm on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    Gregorio Ambrosini Posts: 52

    See how the main stream media lies by omission. We just have to get it through our thick heads we are being lied to on all fronts.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 10:57 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    La Tejana's big business tax cuts may have created jobs, but the company got lost along the way. Apple is moving next door to Arizona, creating thousands of high-tech, high-paying jobs. We have jobs in New Mexico. People just need to enunciate:

    "Would you like some fries with that?" or "Thank you for shopping at Wal-Mart!"

    By the way, has everyone seen the new Wal-Mart commercial with all the happy employees? They have gym memberships, great health insurance, salaries to raise families on, retirement . . those people we know who work there must be liars.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 10:48 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    Mr. Shapiro, you are a comic genius! The only addition I would make to your sublime visual would be to suggest that when making this into a commercial, ensure that the production company films it in front of the Roswell slaughterhouse that is gaining so much fame for New Mexico. After all, Palin’s funniest commercial was filmed in front of those turkeys “losing their heads” for her.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:00 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 657

    You heard wrong. the counties aren'y getting enough money to waste now that their tax subsidy that covered the loss of food and drug tax revenue is expiring. That legislation was passed by democrats, BTW.

    Now the democrats want to bring back food and medicine gross receipts taxes. The TEA party thinks it's taxed enough already, that's what TEA means, it's not the sex act that you think it stands for.

     
  • Ruben Reyes posted at 7:44 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    derechista Posts: 2

    Even with state tax cuts zone New Mexicans still have Obamacare to contend with. Mr. Hauf

     
  • Ruben Reyes posted at 7:42 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    derechista Posts: 2

    Democrats don't like anyone that doesn't offer their agenda a seal of approval. If we had a Republican legislature and state senate a democrat governor would call them obstructionist. They, democrats, are only happy when they control legislative and executive branches. Throw in a friendly like minded judiciary and they're in a liberal heaven.

     
  • Stephen Hauf posted at 6:14 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    willabee Posts: 24

    The Martinez Big Business tax cut was suppose to create jobs ?
    Where are the jobs Governor ?
    The Richardson Tax cuts benefited everyone.
    Now I hear that Martinez and the Tea Party want to tax food and medicine again.


     
  • Jay Shapiro posted at 5:47 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    jayshapiro Posts: 22

    Governor Martinez is Sarah Palin without the glamour, glitz, stunning resume, and incisive knowledge of foreign affairs. I'd opine that Governor Martinez could have seen Mexico from her home in Las Cruces - except that she was always looking towards Texas.

     
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Key issues facing lawmakers

ECONOMICS

Backdrop: New Mexico gained only 1,700 jobs during the past year ending in November. That's a growth rate of 0.2 percent and the lowest in the region. New Mexcio's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in November compared with 6.7 percent a year earlier.

Proposals: Gov. Susana Martinez proposed expanding programs that can help bring nurses, dentists and other medical providers to rural areas. She also wants to provide $7.5 million for an endowment fund to attract top porfessors and researchers at colleges and universities. The governor recommends broadening tax incentivies to encourage startup companies as well as research and development. Democrats are pushing to increase the stat's minimum wage, which has been $7.50 an hour since 2009. Some lawmakers want automatic cost-of-living increases in the wage rate.

BUDGET

Backdrop: The current state budget is $5.9 billion, and revenues are expected to reach nearly $6.2 billion in the fiscal year starting in July. That provides about $239 million in "new money" for lawmakers and the governor for budget increases and to offset tax cuts. The state has cash reserves of more than $500 million, but that could shrink because of accounting discrepancies stretching back more than six years.

Proposals: Martinez has recommended a 3 percent budget increase compared with about 4 percent proposed by the Legislative Finance Committee. Martinez proposes targeted increases for hard-to-fill jobs such as state police. But the legislative panel advocates across-the-board raises for all state agency workers and educators, with higher amounts for those in certain jobs, including judges, state police and social workers.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Backdrop: About $600 million in bond financing is available for capital improvement projects. Some of that goes for specific purposes, including public schools and projects on tribal lands. However, much of the financing will be divvied up for new projects. 

Proposals: Martinez proposes earmarking about $112 million in bond proceeds for water projects across the state. The governor also recommends creatinga  new fund that can provide emergency assistance to communities with drinking water problems. The Legislative Finance Committee has recommended $10 million in bond financing for highway maintenance and $6 million for a road to the state's spaceport.

EDUCATION

Backdrop: Public schools, colleges and universities get nearly $3 out of every $5 in the operating budget. The high school graduation rate was 70 percent in the last school year, and nearly half of graduates enrolling in state colleges in 2011 and 2012 required remedial courses.

Proposals: Martinez will renew a proposal to require schools to hold back third-graders who can't read proficiently. Some Democrats and a coalition of social advocacy groups want to earmark part of the yearly payout from a state permanent fund to provide more money for early-childhood education. Lawmakers also will consider ways to shore up a lottery-financed college scholarship program. Some proposals would change the program to make the aid need-based and provide a flat dollar amount for scholarships. 

The Associated Press

Session dates - 2014

• December 16, 2013 - January 17 Legislation may be prefiled

• January 21 Opening day (noon)

• February 5 Deadline for introduction

• February 20 Session ends (noon)

• March 12 Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed

• May 21 Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date

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