State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Technology
Move funds from useless programs to rebuild infrastructure
We can shift existing federal spending from non-productive programs to renew our national infrastructure. Our roads, bridges, railroads, airports, water and sewer lines, and energy generation and transmission systems form the backbone of our economy
and theˇlifeline of our public well being. But compared with other wealthy nations, America's infrastructure is old and crumbling. Repairing and renewing it will help both businesses and citizens, and will create steady, good-paying, hard hat jobs.
Source: 2018 New Mexico campaign website MickRichForSenate.com
Jan 18, 2018
Rebuilding crumbling infrastructure will create employment
Next we can shift existing federal spending from non-productive programs to renew our national infrastructure.
Our roads, bridges, railroads, airports, water and sewer lines, and energy generation and transmission systems form the backbone of our economy and the lifeline of our public well being.
But compared with other wealthy nations, America's infrastructure is old and crumbling. Repairing and renewing it will help both businesses and citizens, and will create steady, good-paying, hard hat jobs.
This isn't government magic--it's just common sense.
Source: 2018 New Mexico Senate website MickRichForSenate.com
Aug 8, 2017
More investment in infrastructure & aerospace
The state's Investment Council should dedicate 5% of its endowment to infrastructure and economic development, including the satellite and aerospace industries, renewable energy production and transmission, and agricultural infrastructure.
He envisions a mix of state investment and low-interest loans for agricultural businesses. To address doctor shortages, he suggested subsidizing medical school for doctors and nurses who remain here for 7 years.
Source: Deming Headlight on 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial race
May 2, 2017
FactCheck: Los Alamos budget stable but Recession cost jobs
Tom Udall emphasizes his role in protecting national laboratories in his latest campaign ad, claiming he "protect[ed] Sandia labs and Los Alamos." When Udall talks about protecting national laboratories from budget cuts, [that] might raise some eyebrows
in Los Alamos.
In March 2012, Los Alamos National Laboratory announced that 557 people would leave their jobs under a voluntary separation program. The lab earlier had announced that they needed 400 to 800 fewer employees to reduce the likelihood of
involuntary layoffs due to a budget crunch. This was just over four years after 450 LANL workers voluntarily left their jobs.
A spokeswoman for Udall said that the senator "has fought hard for stability at LANL despite hard budget times." According
to figures supplied by Udall's office, the lab's budget was $1.8 billion in 2011. Without stimulus funds, the LANL budget went down to $1.6 billion in 2012. But by 2013 budget year, LANL's budget was back up to $1.8 billion and currently is $1.9 billion.
Source: Santa Fe New Mexican AdWatch on 2014 New Mexico Senate race
Aug 9, 2014
Joint federal-state grants for water infrastructure projects
Weh said although he wasn't familiar with details of the Ute Water Project, he would support it or any other program to ensure a sustainable water source. "Water," Weh said, "is a major issue anywhere in the Southwest."
The estimated $550 million Ute project would pipe water from Ute Reservoir in Logan to Cannon, Clovis, Portales and other nearby communities.
Most of the project is unfunded, depending largely on future federal grants or spending bills. Weh said he would like to explore federal grants tied to additional grants from the state.
He said Congress could supply the bulk of the money provided individual states also kick in a percentage to projects like Ute.
Source: Clovis News Journal on New Mexico Senate race
Feb 14, 2014
Tax credit for high-tech R&D
I'm proposing a tax credit for high-tech research and development to attract more high-paying jobs to the state. And this year, it's time for us to stop the double and triple taxation that is crippling our construction and manufacturing industries. This
is often called pyramiding--a business-to-business tax that kills jobs in New Mexico. Because of our tax system, it's cheaper for a N.M. company to hire an out-of-state corporation for services rather than hiring an in-state firm. It makes no sense.
Source: 2012 New Mexico State of the State Address
Jan 17, 2012
Allocate capital to education and water projects
Letís replace the current political formula with a new formula that we develop together, a strategic approach that maximizes our capital spending to ensure that critical projects get built, with fully one-half to public schools, higher education and
water projects. The other half should go to local projects and state-owned facilities, with some ground rules so projects actually get built. I propose to use funds from non-recurring general fund sources for the smaller projects.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature
Jan 20, 2004
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