Susana Martinez in 2014 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Homeland Security: Provide more jobs & build more cemeteries for veterans

[New Mexico has a program in which a] crew of veterans who had recently returned from combat to serve as firefighters. They became well-trained and battled summer blazes, showing tremendous skill and unparalleled work ethic. I propose that we make the Returning Heroes firefighting program permanent.

As we continue to provide free mental health services to returning veterans and their families, we must never forget that honoring veterans who are no longer with us is one of the most sacred responsibilities society shares. It's time to start building local veterans cemeteries throughout New Mexico, of the highest standard. For $600,000, we can build 3 or 4 new cemeteries in areas that have large populations of unserved veterans. We'd be the first state to adopt this unique approach to a long-standing problem. It is the least we can do, given all they have done for us.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to New Mexico legislature Jan 21, 2014

On Local Issues: Enhanced film incentives for TV series filmed in NM

On tax reform, all sides compromised, and we achieved a great deal for the people of New Mexico. We cut the business tax rate by 22 percent, closed loopholes, and enhanced film incentives for television series filmed in the state.

While we won't agree on everything, and there will certainly be spirited debates, I am committed to working with you to find common ground, just like we have in the past, because the people of New Mexico deserve nothing less.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to New Mexico legislature Jan 21, 2014

On Social Security: Resolved a $12 billion shortfall in state pension funds

We've doubled the size of our state savings account, and we did it all without raising taxes. Republicans and Democrats can be proud of our firm fiscal footing. It is a far cry from where we were just three years ago.

We completely overhauled a near-bankrupt unemployment insurance system. We reformed our state pension funds, resolving a $12 billion shortfall while ensuring that state workers, police officers, teachers, and others will have the retirement support they deserve. Education spending now exceeds pre-recession levels, with more accountability.

Not only have we not raised taxes on families and businesses, we have cut taxes 19 different times. Less than one year ago, in a display of tremendous bipartisanship, we passed the most significant tax reform in a generation and sent the loudest message yet that New Mexico is striving to be a business-friendly state.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to New Mexico legislature Jan 21, 2014

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