Susana Martinez 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
$1,000 tax credit for hiring returning veterans
For the ultimate heroes among us, I'm proposing a $1,000 tax credit for employers who hire veterans returning home from deployment. These men and women should not fight for our freedoms abroad only to be stuck on the unemployment line when they return
We are so grateful for what our veterans have done and continue to do for us. And I am proposing that we allow retiring veterans to exempt 25 percent of their pension income from state taxes. They have earned it.
Source: 2012 New Mexico State of the State Address
, Jan 17, 2012
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