State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Jobs

Jeff Apodaca: Raise minimum wage, starting at $10

According to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the minimum wage in New Mexico is $7.50, .25 cents higher than the federal minimum wage. He would also like to see the minimum raised by at least $10. "We can literally create a plan at $10, and every six months, $10.50, $11, $11.50... I'm not saying that we're stuck at $10, but that's like a good starting point for a conversation," Apodaca said.
Source: Los Alamos Monitor on 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial race Aug 2, 2017

Tom Udall: AdWatch: Protect jobs at military bases & national labs

Tom Udall emphasizes his role in protecting federal facilities in New Mexico--namely military bases and national laboratories--in his latest campaign ad. Udall, a Democrat, doesn't even mention his Republican opponent, Allen Weh, in this ad or his previous ones. The 30-second commercial, titled "The Best Part," features a cheerful Udall doing all the talking, as well as scenes of children pretending to be flying military jets and working on a science project in a classroom. This is the script of the spot:

"I'm Tom Udall, and we're not allowed to film campaign ads at military bases and national labs. But I can show you who will work there in the future. Our saving Cannon Air Force Base and its thousands of jobs means now it will be there for them when they grow up. And protecting Sandia labs and Los Alamos from budget cuts means all of those jobs will be there, too. I'm Tom Udall, and I approved this message because this is the best part of my job."

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican AdWatch on 2014 New Mexico Senate race Aug 9, 2014

Gary King: Increase minimum wage & whole economy will do better

King said, "I think we need to get out there and see what we can do to stimulate the economy in rural New Mexico, in particular. But I did see where Albuquerque, out of the 100 largest cities in the U.S., is dead last in economic growth right now, and job creation, so it's not just rural areas that are struggling."

"I've been proposing an increase in the minimum wage. It's been a long time since we had an increase in New Mexico. We talked to a lot of small business owners who wondered how that impacted them. I saw a study about a month ago that said of the 22 states that increased minimum wage, their economies all had improved. States where they have not increased the minimum wage have not by and large. I think that really is an indicator that people living at minimum wage level, if they get more money, they spend it on groceries (or meals and activities within the community). If people at the base level in New Mexico are doing better, the whole economy will do better," he said.

Source: Ruidoso News on 2014 New Mexico governor race Jul 31, 2014

Susana Martinez: 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

Bill Richardson: Film industry initiatives create jobs

Weíll continue to recruit high wage industries, expand New Mexico companies and grow the New Mexico film industry. Weíll do it by sustaining efforts in business marketing and recruitment, investing in workforce training and in-plant training, expanding efforts of the Film Division of the Economic Development Department and funding the New Mexico Film Advisory Board. Our bold film industry initiatives and aggressive marketing have created hundreds of new, high-wage jobs for New Mexicans.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bob Graham: Repeal Bush tax cuts that went to top earners

Q: How do you create jobs in that way across the board in all sectors?

GRAHAM: While I was governor, 1.4 million new jobs were created. Those jobs had the effect for the first time in my stateís history, raising the average per capita income above the national average. For three years, Florida was designated as the state that had the best climate for economic expansion and growth. So I am not speculating. I am bringing the experience of actually creating good jobs for our people.

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

Bob Graham: Need national program to rebuild infrastructure

Q: You have said that you would create new jobs by using federal funds to rebuild infrastructure, to build bridges and highways.

GRAHAM: We should have an interstate-like program to rebuild America. We got a wake-up call a couple of weeks ago when our electric system went down. The same thing could have happened with the bridges falling into the Mississippi River, with schools tumbling in on children. If we can spend the money to rebuild Afghanistan, we can do it in the US.

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

Carol Moseley-Braun: Rebuild schools, roads, & bridges

Q: Letís talk about the economy.

MOSELEY-BRAUN: If you invest in the masses of the people, you can create jobs and create the kind of stimulus for the economy that will give prosperity to everybody.

Q: How do you create those jobs?

MOSELEY-BRAUN: When I was in the Senate, I proposed rebuilding our nationís crumbling schools. Thatís one way. A second way is to begin to rebuild traditional infrastructure--roads and bridges and the like. Another way is to invest in environmental technologies.

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

Dennis Kucinich: Rebuild infrastructure with a program like FDRís WPA

On Labor Day, I announced a new initiative, a new initiative which will enable the United States to rebuild its cities in the same way that Franklin Roosevelt rebuilt America during the Depression, called a new WPA-type program, rebuild our cities, our streets, our water systems, our sewer systems, new energy systems. Itís time to rebuild America. We have the resources to do it, we have to have the will to do it.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Howard Dean: Weíre exporting jobs if we trade with no labor standards

LIEBERMAN: Dean said in an interview that he would not have bilateral trade agreements with any country that did not observe fully American standards. Now that would mean weíd break our trade agreements with Mexico & with most of the rest of the world. That would cost us millions of jobs. If that ever happened, Iíd say that the Bush recession would be followed by the Dean depression.

DEAN: Our trade relations should rely on labor standards. It doesnít have to be American labor standards; it could be the International Labor Organization standards. We cannot continue to ship our jobs to countries where they get paid 50 cents an hour with no overtime, no labor protections and no right to organize.

LIEBERMAN: Dean, in The Washington Post, referred to American standards, not international standards.

DEAN: Either is fine with me.

LIEBERMAN: Thatís a reassuring change of position. I totally support the application of international labor standards to all of our bilateral trade agreements.

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

Howard Dean: Invest in small businesses & renewable energy

We need to stop corporate welfare and start doing something for small businesses in this country. Small businesses create more jobs than large businesses do and they donít move their jobs offshore because theyíre rooted in their community. If you want to invest in America, we ought to invest in America and stay in America with those jobs.

We also ought to invest in renewable energy because we ought to stop sending our foreign oil money to the Middle East where itís used to fund terrorism.

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

John Kerry: Jump start jobs at home via energy independence

We need to jump-start jobs here at home. We have an extraordinary ability, an entrepreneurial capacity second to no people on the planet. Education could be more invigorated, science could be more invigorated, the most anti-science administration in modern history. We need to push energy. Energy independence for the US will create thousands of jobs in our country. We need to push the environmental standards.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

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