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State of the State Address Gov. Susana Martinez

State of the State Address Gov. Susana Martinez

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The State of the State Address as prepared for delivery by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2014. Was given on January 21, 2014 at the beginning of the 2014 legislative session.
The State of the State Address as prepared for delivery by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2014. Was given on January 21, 2014 at the beginning of the 2014 legislative session.

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State of New Mexico
Office of the Governor 
Susana Martinez
Contact: Enrique Knell (505) 819-1398 enrique.knell@state.nm.us 
For Immediate Release January 21, 2014
Governor Susana Martinez Delivers State of the State Address
Santa Fe
 The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 21, 2014.
Governor Susana Martinez: 2014 State of the State Address
 Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tempore; Mr. Speaker; Democratic and Republican leaders; esteemed members of the New Mexico Legislature; honorable members of the judiciary; former New Mexico governors; tribal governors; Senator Udall; Representative Lujan-Grisham;
Representative Lujan; distinguished guests; the State‘s first gentleman
, my husband, Chuck Franco; my step-son, Carlo; my dear sister, Lettie Martinez; and, my fellow New Mexicans. It is an honor to join you for the annual State of the State Address and open this legislative session, where I believe our focus must be on two of the most pressing issues
 jobs and education.
But first, let‘s turn our thoughts to the community of Roswell. As we recall last week‘s tragic school shooting, let‘s pray for Nathaniel, who‘s struggling with serious injuries, and for his
 parents, who are showing such strength. And when I saw Kendal last week, after having been through such horror she was in great pain
 but couldn‘t wait to see her best friend, set to arrive at the hospital any minute. The parents,
teachers, and community members pulled together and turned to faith over fear. I have some very special guests with me today
 John Masterson, the soccer coach and social studies teacher, whom we have come to know as a true hero.
hundreds of kids needed someone‘s help, his courage was on display in that gymnasium,
and his humility has been on display since. Kevin Hayes, a security guard, provided help and care to Nathaniel despite having been injured himself in the shooting.  No human being is gifted with the knowledge of why such tragedy occurs. But, we are thankful that in the face of it, people like both of you display the courage required to help all of us get through. Thank you both so very much. Today, I am proud to report that the fiscal position of state government remains strong and steady. By working together over the past three years, not only did we close the largest structural deficit in state history, we are looking at our third straight year of budget surpluses.
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 dollar 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. That message is critically important in a global economy. We all know that businesses have choices, and they will locate and grow where they are treated fairly. In 2011, Ernst and Young rated us third worst in our region for manufacturing. After our tax reforms, they came with another ranking just last week. Now, New Mexico is the best in the west.
 But, more than words of praise, our reforms have helped create and protect jobs. Look at the economic development along the border. By eliminating the tax on locomotive fuel early on, Union Pacific came to New Mexico. Then we eliminated the double and triple taxation of many goods and services. Last session, we reduced the business tax rate to make us more competitive with our neighbors and to encourage manufacturing. Southwest Steel Coil, from California, has added nearly 40 jobs in New Mexico, citing these reforms. Omega Trucking, a woman and minority-owned business, also added more jobs. That area developed because we first made our state competitive with Texas, and attracted Union Pacific. Then, last session, we made New Mexico more competitive with our other neighbors. When we talk about our tax reforms, some only think of large corporations.
Don‘t get me wrong, we want those jobs too, but our tax reforms are critical across the board to
 businesses large and small. Let me give you an example. Sparkle Maintenance is a janitorial business. It was started 50 years ago in New Mexico around a kitchen table, the way so many small businesses start. Today, it employs 400 workers. One
of the owners, Carlo Lucero, recently approached Secretary Barela. He praised the state‘s
tax reforms because his customers
 the companies he contracts with - have told him that our tax reforms have kept them in New Mexico. I asked Carlo to join us toda
y, and a very special lady. Carlo‘s mother, Eleanor, co
-founded the company with her husband around that kitchen table. I wanted to recognize them, so we all remember the impact our reforms have on local small  businesses. Congratulations on all that your family business has achieved.
We‘re doing better fighting the headwinds from Washington, but I‘m the first to say that we have
a lot of work left to do.
Being able to compete is not a destination, it‘s a process.

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