tv New Mexico State of the State Address CSPAN February 28, 2017 9:43am-10:11am EST
and you can listen live on the free c-span radio app. ahead of tonight's speech, the hill is reporting that massachusetts senator elizabeth warren plans to bring a former iraqi refugee to president trump's first joint address to congress highlighting her opposition to the president's immigration and refugee restrictio restrictions. the "associated press" said became a u.s. citizen after reaching massachusetts in 2010 with her family will be a guest of senator warren at the capital. senator warren said miss faraj's courage embodied the american spirit heading into president trump's speech. her father was working for a u.s. backed development company in iraq when he was shot and disabled in 20106. you can watch more on the hill and c-span coverage at 9:00 p.m. eastern. up next, new mexico governor's susanna martinez c's
state of the state address. more resources for the child protective services division. >> hello. good afternoon. please be seated. lieutenant governor, senate president pro tem, our new house speaker, democratic and republican leaders, esteemed members of the new mexico legislature, honorable members of the judiciary, former new mexico governors, tribal governors, distinguished guests, the state's first gentleman, my husband, chuck franco. and my beautiful sister, lettie.
[ applause ] and my fellow new mexicans. it is an honor to join you for the state of the state address and open this legislative session. over the last six years, republicans and democrats have chosen to make tough decisions. we've resisted taking the easy way out, we've resisted pursuing the false promise of quick fixes and feel good gimmicks and instead, chosen to take on the status quo, to challenge those who say new mexico cannot compete. we've bet on new mexico's future and that's why we've pursued reforms that we know are best in the long run, even though we may take political hits in the short-term. we're seeing tens of thousands of new private sector jobs,
companies like facebook and fedex choosing new mexico and our graduation rate is now at a record high. [ applause ] we've done this in a bipartisan manner and we've done it all in the face of extraordinary challenges. the largest structural deficit in state history, a federal government shutdown, federal budget cuts and sequestration and hit new mexico harder than any other states. and now, we face the steepest drop in oil and gas prices ever. while these challenges are outside our control, we can control how we respond. some want to use these challenges as an excuse to take the easy way out or into
partisan fighting but we're better than that. we are. we've met challenges before in a bipartisan manner. and we can do it again. but it will take courage. one year ago, i warned about the impacts of lost oil and gas revenue and today, we're feeling the effects which is why last year, i ordered executive agencies to reduce spending and call lawmakers into a special session. unfortunately, during that special session, we didn't go far enough. we know we can all do better than that. because we have in the past. pension reform, tax reform, unemployment, insurance reform, centennial care to protect health care for the most vulnerable. these weren't wins for the governor or the legislature, or
republicans or democrats. these were big wins for new mexicans and wie can do it agai. [ applause ] we face another challenge and we must once again make the tough decisions. we all know the cause of the crisis. we've been at the mercy of the federal government and an unpredictable oil and gas market. we're very proud of our labs, bases, and our energy production but we have been among the top five most dependent states on the federal government. oil and gas revenues make up a third of our budget. it's been this way for decades upon decades and we won't change it overnight, but we must continue diversifying our economy and restraining the size
of government. when sequestration hit, we got an up close look at what can happen when we are too reliant on federal government spending. and now we're seeing it with oil and gas. oil prices dropped 71%. that hit us hard and our highest energy producing country, gross tax revenue plummeted. at the same time, grt rose in every other county. we lost over 11,000 oil and gas jobs. despite those losses, we added 30,000 private sector jobs. that's a direct result of choosing reforms. jobs in manufacturing, high-tech, finance, tourism, make no mistake about it, we are diversifying our economy and
laying a strong foundation for private sector growth. [ applause ] and we are weathering a storm far better than other oil and gas states. that's because we built strong responsible budgets that did not grow government. and we held reserves over 10% were our reserves. when we fall on hard times, government should not expect a tax payer funded bailout. instead it's on us to work together and find solutions. let's make new mexicans proud just as we have done before in how we spend their hard-earned money. when we put political parties aside we get a lot done.
like our tax reforms, which closed loopholes and lowered the tax rates. we came together for a comprehensive jobs package and created the state's first real fund to help closing fund that helps us close the businesses and bring them to new mexico making sure that our own businesses that are here will grow. we had a huge disagreement over the unemployment insurance system, but we came together and made sweeping reforms. to give businesses more transparency and predictability. we passed pension reform, protected retirement for state employees and resolved a $12 billion short fall. we funded bold education reform. passed stricter penalties on repeat dui offender, expanded katies law to collect dna from felons, passed
jaden's law to give judges the entire criminal history of offenders, protected victims of sexual assault with rachel's law, and ended the dangerous practice of giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. we can address challenges while protecting the progress we've made. let's not take the easy way out. there is a way forward without raising taxes on hardworking new mexicans. in my proposal, we identified funds in idle accounts that can be swept. we can modernize the tax code. eliminate loopholes, make government smaller and more efficient. and it takes us back to responsible reserve levels of 5%.
if we don't take the easy way out now, it will pay off for decades. we're rebuilding the foundation for economic growth and it's working. we've trained over 8,000 workers through the job training incentive program, also known as jtip. through leta, we have added over 7,000 jobs and brought billions of investment with over 40% of those projects in rural new mexico. for every million dollars we spend, private businesses invest $16 million. when you take into account the construction, wages, taxes and other economic activity around new businesses, every dollar we spend brings back 20 and 30 times that. now is not the time to gut those reforms.
not at a time when we are diversifying our economy. we're seeing home-grown companies expand like wildflower, idiom, scorpios. we're bringing in amazing new companies too like safelite, pcm ketter and, yes, facebook. facebook was a year in the making. it started with a trip to california to tell new mexico's story and ended with a massive data center that will bring thousands of construction jobs. 50 high-paying jobs and 1.5 billion in private investment, with a potential of multiple phases creating more jobs and more investment. this project will generate billions in economic activity for our state and we have more
to announce very shortly. so stay tuned. i'm so proud to be joined today by executives from companies that call new mexico home. like barbara baldwin of dean baldwin aircraft painting. barbara and her husband, larry, took over the miami company in 1978. larry ran the paint crews and barbara did the books. in 1999 they expanded to roswell where they now employ 130 people. last week i joined them to celebrate the expansion of 70 new employees. leta is paying off for roswell and helping barbara grow her business. thank you, barbara, and much success in all that you do.
clay bush from valley cold storage. he was moving where development is booming and businesses are taking advantage of our border, where they are taking state investments has resulted in one of the country's largest inland ports. valley cold storage recently broke ground on a massive facility. $14 million of investment. clay, thank you for your investment in new mexico and much success to you. zach dago is the president of precheck. thank you for coming. this was a company that moved to
new mexico from texas. they found two things when they got here. a great workforce and programs that help them grow from seven employees to 188 employees. their annual payroll grew from zero to $5.2 million. they have invested $9.7 million into new mexico. leta, jtip and our tax reforms, these programs are why precheck is still here. thank you and so much success to you. you see, whether companies are expanding or relocating here, the word is out. new mexico is open for business. i talked to ceos choosing new mexico who tell me they could
have gone anywhere in the country, but they chose new mexico. great people, fair tax environment, a state willing to put its money where its mouth is. they see a state bursting with opportunity. that's why we must solve our budget challenges in a responsible way. you see, we have two choices. do what politicians have done for decades, grow government and raise taxes when times are tough, or we can be leaders and protect taxpayers, reduce the size of government and continue to build the foundation of a lasting vibrant economy. right sizing government means reducing the size of government and developing efficiencies. five years ago, i urged this body to act on its own recommendation to consolidate
six executive agencies into three. those measures failed, but i am urging you, take another look. we have nearly twice as many agencies as the federal government. what's wrong with that picture? if we consolidate, we'll save tens of millions of dollars every year. it just makes sense. let's also take a look at another of our tax systems. close loopholes, make it work better for new mexicans, get rid of regulations that get in the way of growth. if we solve our budget with an eye to the future, we can avoid mass layoffs, furloughs and tax hikes. making government more efficient isn't just about cutting. it's making it more accountable.
through transparency, better decisions are made. new mexicans want to be engaged. they want to know what is going on here. that's why it's time for all legislative committees to web cast and archive their meetings for all new mexicans to see from wherever they may be. a legislator should disclose their clients. new mexicans deserve to know if elected officials are making decisions on behalf of voters or on behalf of undisclosed clients. and let's bring greater transparency and efficiency to the capital outlay process. stop buying things like wrestling mats and picture frames and drinking fountains for pets. let's invest in big projects
like water infrastructure or our roads and highways. in san juan county, for example, lawmakers pulled their capital funds and made critical improvements to their wastewater system. in sandoval county, legislators have invested in transportation infrastructure. these projects will benefit communities for decades, create jobs and lay a foundation for economic growth. and while we invest in infrastructure, modernize our tax and regulatory environments and manage state funds. we cannot ignore the fact that education, the economy and fighting crime are all interconnected. if we ignore one, we ignore them all.
it starts by protecting our children. it takes families, neighbors, friends, teachers and coaches, it takes governments, nonprofits and businesses. it takes all of us. last year cyfd launched an initiative called pull together, an effort to make new mexico the best place to be a kid. i am so proud of the program and the work they've done. partners like the credit union and the salvation army have held school supply drives. ski new mexico provided free trips for foster families. it's not just companies lending a hand. every day ordinary people are helping too. like ashley of rio rancho school.
she's a high school student who is here with me today and she is rallying fellow students from across the state to fill overnight bags for foster kids. children who may not have anything in the world, but now they have teddy bears, blankets, journals, comforts that every little child should have. now these kids know that an entire state is behind them. ashley, you are a leader and an example that we should all follow. to open our hearts and to help one another. through pull together, we established 16 hubs around the state run by community leaders to connect families in their neighborhoods with services.
cyfd services, medicaid, local, state and federal services, we're connecting more families than ever before to the help they need. this isn't just about one agency. it's about an entire community coming together. let's make new mexico the best place to be a kid. cyfd's job doesn't end there. they are constantly working around the clock to keep our kids safe. we increased protective services funding by $25 million. since 2010 we increased early childhood spending by $55.5 million. 25,000 more kids are being served annually. we're investing more into home visiting, increasing it from
2.2 million to 18.7 million since 2011. five times the number of families are being served since 2011 right here in new mexico. but we have to do more. we as leaders need to stand together with one message. we will not tolerate the abuse and murder of our children. the hardest days as governor are when a child is tragically killed. children like jaden, lily, victoria, ashley.
we all remember the beautiful, innocent faces. as we take up the business of the state, let's not forget them. we must crack down on crime, pass a meaningful three strikes bill that keeps violent repeat offenders off our streets. if you kill a child or a law enforcement officer or a corrections officer, you deserve the death penalty. if you intentionally abuse a child and that child dies, regardless of that child's age, you should never, ever get out of prison. we must increase -- we must increase penalties against those who prey on our children. these are serious issues and they deserve serious consideration.
it should only be a felony to assault a cyfd field worker -- it should be a felony. the people on the front lines, they deserve the protection, at least the same protection that is currently given to soccer referees. cyfd workers are hard workers and in the field and they deserve the protection of those referees, the same as they receive. we should expand katie's law and allow the collection of dna evidence of people convicted of misdemeanors. this law helps track down the guilty and it also helps exonerate the innocent. new mexico should be the place where we can raise a family and feel safe. when we get in our cars, we shouldn't have to fear that the driver next to us is drunk. it's time to end dwi and it
starts with tougher laws. the last few years we've had the lowest dwi death rate in decades, but that's not enough. we have to keep fighting. i am joined this year by jake and dolly solazar. they are here today because they will not stop fighting. their son jacob was 19 years old, killed by a drunk driver. a bright handsome young man with his whole life in front of him. as dolly puts it, his life was lost senselessly. how much longer will we let this go on before we get tough on dwi?
how many more families will have to endure this pain? the time is now. we must act. dolly and jake, thank you for fighting to make our state better so that no family has to feel the pain that you do. [ applause ] we must keep moving toward making our streets and neighborhoods safe. let's send a message we will not tolerate this in our state.
i'm asking once again for this body to crack down on dwi with common sense laws. no more excuses. let's hold drunk drivers accountable. let's give police officers the ability to conduct on-site blood tests. let's allow past dwi offenses to be factored into sentencing habitual offenders. if you knowingly lend your car to someone who had their license suspended for a dwi, you too should be prosecuted. let's increase the mandatory minimum and maximum sentences for individuals convicted of fourth and subsequent dwi offenses. if we make new mexico a safer place to live and raise on family, we can create a better future for all of our children. we help our children grow by continuing with education reform.