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New Mexico Guv Martinez says ‘dysfunctional’ federal government ends up hurting the states
THE COLORADO STATESMAN ^ | 10/28/2013 | Marianne Goodland

Posted on 11/03/2013 4:36:52 AM PST by GonzoII

New Mexico Guv Martinez says ‘dysfunctional’ federal government ends up hurting the states

10/28/2013

By Marianne Goodland
The Colorado Statesman

One of the rising stars in the Republican Party swung through Denver this week, touting her recent successes reining in taxes and promoting business interests in her state.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez spoke Wednesday to an audience of about 400 at the annual luncheon meeting of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, held at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center.

Martinez rose to national prominence at the Republican National Convention last year with a compelling speech that included her life story and how she became a Republican. She is up for re-election in New Mexico next year. But her name also is being bandied about as either a presidential or vice-presidential candidate in 2016, possibly paired with either Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. The National Journal earlier this year called her “one of the Republican Party’s most prized ambassadors. She is female and Hispanic at a
time when recruiting candidates like her is at the top of the Republican agenda.”

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez was in Denver this week to address the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry.

Martinez is on an eight-day swing through Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Wisconsin. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican she is raising money for her own re-election bid plus fundraising in Wisconsin for Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is also up for re-election next year.

While introducing her to the CACI audience Wednesday, Lou Hutchinson, newly-elected chair of the CACI board of directors, praised Martinez as an “elected official who gets things right.” He noted that Martinez gets a lot of attention for being the first Latina governor in the United States, but more important, he said, is that she is making huge strides in providing a better life in her state.

Martinez, who spoke for about 30 minutes, told the audience that a “dysfunctional” federal government has made it difficult for states to recover from the recession. The federal government has “thrown up countless hurdles for our state,” she said. “The shutdown could have been and should have been avoided,” she continued, drawing only polite applause. Martinez said relationships must be built across both sides of the aisle, something that hasn’t happened in Washington. When a crisis comes, it’s too late to begin an open dialogue, she added, and that’s led to a stagnant national economy, one that forces neighboring states to compete more against each other.

Martinez cited her record in New Mexico, where she has been governor since January 2011. That term began with fixing a $450 million structural deficit, which she called a “parting gift” from her predecessor (Democrat Bill Richardson). New Mexico had become reliant on stimulus dollars that shielded the state’s politicians from making difficult fiscal decision. Her own party supported tax increases to balance the budget, but Martinez said that wasn’t an option. “We made the tough decisions,” she said. That meant protecting priorities, such as basic healthcare, classroom spending and childcare for working mothers.

That also meant leading by example, and Martinez trotted out a laundry list of steps she took to rein in spending in state government, such as reducing the number of politically-appointed positions, cutting state salaries, getting rid of unnecessary state-issued cellphones and vehicles, and selling off all but one of the state’s airplanes.

Under Martinez’ leadership, New Mexico also achieved pension reform for public employees and teachers by requiring them to pay more for their retirement. As a result, Martinez said, those two pension funds are healthy solvent in 30 years (the standard for public pensions). Martinez also vetoed a $128 million tax increase and said that in the last almost three years she has reduced taxes and fees 25 times.

“That’s the difference between a politician who says whatever it takes to get elected, and a leader who remembers what [she] said and delivers on those promises. I don’t care to be a politician,” Martinez said to strong applause.

Even small changes can have significant results, she indicated. In her first year in office, the state removed a tax on locomotive fuel, which “didn’t seem like a lot.” But that led Union Pacific to move one of its hubs from El Paso, Tex., to the New Mexico port of entry, a move that is creating 3,000 jobs.

Drawing upon partnerships on both sides of the aisle in the Democratic-controlled legislature, Martinez worked with lawmakers this year on legislation that led to a $20 million tax cut for business. She pointed out that the CEO of the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce called the 2013 session the “best for business, ever.”

But not all is sunny between Martinez and the state’s legislature; she vetoed three dozen bills in the 2013 session and reportedly threatened to veto the state budget over disagreements with the legislature on several issues, including merit pay for teachers. And while Martinez holds the highest approval ratings of any governor in the country, above 60 percent, she has reportedly been criticized by some of the state’s Democratic lawmakers for ignoring children’s issues.

Martinez also pointed to her efforts to partner with Mexico, which shares 180 miles of border with New Mexico. It’s critical to partner with neighbors, she said; such a partnership makes New Mexico the “new gateway” for North American trade. Major infrastructure is being developed on both sides of the border, part of a first-ever bi-national master plan for New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mex. “Two communities are on the brink of becoming a world-class hub” under that master plan, she said. That relationship will pay off for New Mexico’s other neighbor, Colorado, since Denver is a natural fit for that activity.

“With a stagnant economy and dysfunctional federal government, it is at the state level where we see progress,” Martinez concluded. “In the west, we must all work together to make our region stronger, so individually we can all prosper.”

Marianne@coloradostatesman.com


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: newmexico; susanamartinez

1 posted on 11/03/2013 4:36:52 AM PST by GonzoII
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2 posted on 11/03/2013 4:37:34 AM PST by GonzoII (Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea...Quare tristis es anima mea?)
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To: GonzoII

reach across the aisle to theives is not realistic

I appreciate the rest of what she has to say

however the Democrats are not good hearted


3 posted on 11/03/2013 4:43:21 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: GonzoII
The Federal gov hurts the world. The Dems just destroyed a world economy.
4 posted on 11/03/2013 4:45:00 AM PST by Vision (Trayvon Martin illustrates the bankruptcy of the modern civil rights movement.)
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To: GonzoII

if she keeps it up, I may think about relocating to New Mexico. I am getting pretty tired of The Copper State and their onerous regulations.


5 posted on 11/03/2013 4:54:25 AM PST by Tupelo ( Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. An old Republican Tradition.)
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To: GonzoII

A functional Federal Government has destroyed the states.


6 posted on 11/03/2013 4:59:07 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

Unfortunately Her and Christie could be the ticket in 16’. It would be ok with me but not too.


7 posted on 11/03/2013 5:17:06 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: GonzoII

It’s not “dysfunctional”, it’s dictatorial.


8 posted on 11/03/2013 5:24:11 AM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: GonzoII

It’s not “dysfunctional”, it’s dictatorial.


9 posted on 11/03/2013 5:24:11 AM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

I’d be OK with her... Christie.. not so much.


10 posted on 11/03/2013 5:31:35 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: GonzoII

I could stomach Paul and Susana.

If it is Amnesty Rubio or 0bama lovin’ Christie, I wouldn’t vote for them even if they picked ME as their VP.

Now, a Ted Cruz / Susana Martinez ticket would not only get my vote, but money and volunteer time.


11 posted on 11/03/2013 5:59:09 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: LegendHasIt
"Now, a Ted Cruz / Susana Martinez ticket would not only get my vote, but money and volunteer time.

You found IT!!

Thanks for the new tagline!

12 posted on 11/03/2013 6:07:33 AM PST by GonzoII (Ted Cruz / Susana Martinez 2016)
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To: GonzoII
"You found IT!!

I didn't even know it was lost!

;-)

13 posted on 11/03/2013 6:26:55 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: GonzoII
It’s critical to partner with neighbors, she said; such a partnership makes New Mexico the “new gateway” for North American trade. Major infrastructure is being developed on both sides of the border, part of a first-ever bi-national master plan for New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mex.

Another NWO, illegal alien politician. Forget it.

14 posted on 11/03/2013 7:08:58 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: GonzoII

“With a stagnant economy and dysfunctional federal government, it is at the state level where we see progress,” Martinez concluded. “In the west, we must all work together to make our region stronger, so individually we can all prosper.”


If you like your state, you will be able to keep your state. Period.

If you like your sovereignty, you will be able to keep your sovereignty. Period.

No one will take them away. No matter what.


If you like your imaginary borders, you will be able to keep your imaginary borders. Period.

If you like your silly notions of self-reliance, you will be able to keep your silly notions of self-reliance. Period.

No one will take them away. No matter what.


15 posted on 11/03/2013 7:14:38 AM PST by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation sucks.)
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To: Tupelo
if she keeps it up, I may think about relocating to New Mexico. I am getting pretty tired of The Copper State and their onerous regulations.

You know what's kind of interesting about AZ?
They passed constitutional carry, amending the state's own constitution, and yet [IIUC] there are apparently counties/municipalities that still try to regulate the carrying of arms [esp in gov buildings].

16 posted on 11/03/2013 9:07:06 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
>> It’s critical to partner with neighbors, she said; such a partnership makes New Mexico the “new gateway” for North American trade. Major infrastructure is being developed on both sides of the border, part of a first-ever bi-national master plan for New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mex.
>
> Another NWO, illegal alien politician. Forget it.

I dunno; that seems more pro-trade (i.e. capitalism) than anything else. (That is, you want to make it easier and safer to conduct business properly and keep yourself in good standing with those you're trading with.)

17 posted on 11/03/2013 9:10:18 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OwenKellogg
If you like your sovereignty, you will be able to keep your sovereignty. Period.

Hm, really? Remember the smackdown of AZ's immigration enforcement law?
In the USSC decision, the dissent said something to the effect of the decision making the only remaining state sovereignty is forcibly expelling foreign invaders… how do you think the FedGov would respond if a state did just that?

18 posted on 11/03/2013 9:13:01 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: GonzoII

I’m hoping she can change this list. One private employer in the top ten is pretty pathetic.

Most recent list I could find (2011):
1 State of New Mexico (statewide)
2 UNM (statewide)
3 New Mexico State University (statewide)
4 CNM Albuquerque (Central New Mexico Community College)
5 Albuquerque Public Schools
6 Sandia National Laboratories
7 Presbyterian Healthcare Services
8 Los Alamos National Laboratories
9 City of Albuquerque
10 White Sands Missle Range White Sands


19 posted on 11/03/2013 1:09:08 PM PST by Betis70
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To: Betis70
One private employer in the top ten is pretty pathetic..

Wow that's interesting. Shows how difficult it is for Republicans. Huge percentage of middle and upper middle class are paid by govt.

20 posted on 11/03/2013 1:13:04 PM PST by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: Betis70
One private employer in the top ten is pretty pathetic.

When my firm did the advertising for the Hiltons in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, the company that owned them was the largest locally headquartered company in the state, in terms of sales volume.

It was a sand & gravel company.

Business-wise, New Mexico is a small potatoes state.

21 posted on 11/03/2013 1:22:43 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: nascarnation; okie01

I should note that list is based on total # of employees rather than some other measure (like total payroll).


22 posted on 11/03/2013 3:26:35 PM PST by Betis70
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To: Betis70

Even so that’s a very telling stat.
Just like NoVa, everybody either works for the government or a govt contractor, or some other affiliation to govt.


23 posted on 11/03/2013 3:55:47 PM PST by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: LegendHasIt
"If it is Amnesty Rubio or 0bama lovin’ Christie, I wouldn’t vote for them even if they picked ME as their VP."

Thanks for the laugh!

24 posted on 11/03/2013 4:01:17 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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