State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Budget & Economy


Susana Martinez: Post-stimulus, balanced the budget without raising taxes

For years, government overspent and as federal stimulus dollars dried up, we had holes throughout the budget. The state of our state was one of financial crisis. We faced a tremendous challenge. Many said we couldn't get it done, that we could not both balance the budget and still protect our priorities. We had a vigorous debate. Some felt we should have raised taxes despite the jobs that would have been lost. Others felt we needed deep cuts in education and Medicaid.

I'm proud of the fact that we were able to work together--the Legislature and the Governor--Democrats and Republicans. We came together and found a better way. We protected classroom spending and Medicaid. And we did not raise taxes.

Source: 2012 New Mexico State of the State Address Jan 17, 2012

Bill Richardson: Hiring freeze & 7% budget cut in state agencies

Like our citizens, this administration has tightened its belt since this recession began:None of these measures were popular, but all were necessary. My budget plan for the next fiscal year reduces spending by $510 million:
Source: New Mexico 2010 State of the State Address Jan 19, 2010

Bill Richardson: Grow the trade link to Mexico and attract Hollywood business

We have brought a new vitality to trade and cultural contacts across the New Mexico - Chihuahua border. I met personally 12 times with Mexican officials - including three meetings with President Vicente Fox - to help grow this vital trade link. We have the most competitive set of incentives in the country, and we created an on-the-job training fund to encourage film producers to hire and train New Mexicans. That, in turn, will build our available pool of trained movie industry workers.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Dennis Kucinich: Steel, automotive, and shipping are critical to US economy

Q: Letís talk about the economy.

KUCINICH: The following steps need to be taken in order to begin to help the American economy recover. First of all, when you consider that weíve lost 2.7 million manufacturing jobs since July of 2000, itís shocking but the US does not have a manufacturing policy, an economic policy which states that the maintenance of steel, automotive, aerospace and shipping is vital to our national economy and our national security. We will have a policy when Iím president.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Dick Gephardt: I led 1990s boom-I can get economy moving again

In 1993, I was the majority leader who led with Bill Clinton to get this economy straightened out. Minority Leader Dick Armey said it would create a depression. He wasnít wrong; he was dead wrong. You remember? 23 million new jobs in seven years. Unemployment was at 3 percent. We took a $5 trillion deficit and turned it into a $5 trillion surplus. We know how to do this. I know how to do it. And when Iím president, weíll get this economy moving again. Iíll get rid of the Bush tax cuts.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

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