tv New Mexico State of the State CSPAN January 28, 2020 9:15am-10:01am EST
new mexico's governor recently gave her second state of the state address in santa fe and talked about her goals to invest more in early chide childhood programs and efforts to eliminate student debt. hear her speech on her legislative agenda. this video courtesy of new mexico pbs. >> please take your seats. thank you. i like being this tall. make no mistake. i'm just going to relish the moment. thank you, mr. lieutenant governor, mr. speaker, madam pro tem, honorable legislaturers, distinguished guests, the first many behind me ask my daughter erin, my granddaughter avery. avery's other grandmother, but i am the favorite, sandy rieger,
my sister-in-law, the honorable sandra grisham, my brother gregory, everybody who right this minute isn't watching the impeachment trial on c-span, my fellow new mexicans, this past year i heard from many members of our extended new mexico family. students wrote letters, parents came to my office, i met with advocates and entrepreneurs as we traveled across the state from carlsbad and silver city to the navajo nation, mr. president, and beyond. new faces and old friends. police officers, veterans, educators, and business owners, over and over i heard two things. one, do you really drink that much coffee? no comment. but also yes. second, time and again, new
mexicans told me, keep going. the state of our state is dynamic, ready for more, on the cusp of steady and sustainable progress. we are stronger today than we were one year ago, no question. 15,000 new jobs in new mexico since the day i took office, the best year for job growth in the state since 2005. our economy is booming. in fact, in every direction long-time new mexico businesses are boosting their investments in our state. i like you, senator. you just -- he gets that same seat next year.
exciting new companies are putting down roots here for the first time, choosing to be in the land of enchantment. we are top 10 nationally for inbound moves of complete reversal from only a few years ago when families were leaving our state and one third of the people moving to new mexico are coming here for jobs. it's incredible. since the day i took office, we are eighth nationally for job growth. now i like the sound of top ten, i bet you do too, but i like the sound of this even better, our private sector job growth is beating nevada, california, and colorado. right.
i mean, we knew we were in a no contest situation with colorado, but now we are squarely beating them where it really matters in all of our economic sectors. as i said 100 times this year, in every community i visited across our great state, new mexico, in fact, is the place to be and if you're not here, you better get here fast. at the close of year one, and at the outset of year two, state government, in addition, is stronger and we are gathering strength. our december statewide rapid hire events drew 3700 job seekers. that's 3700 new mexicans eager to work, eager to serve their communities and neighbors, right now. together, we delivered meaningful raises for new mexico educators, passionate about
their students. i agree. thank you, educators. you can sit right there again too. we should be celebrating, and i hope this speech, even though i'm off script, feels like that cell ba celebration, because we launched environmental leadership and long overdue infrastructure. our children youth and families department this year cut the average wait time on its child abuse hotline from an inconshenble hour plus, to less than five minutes. our human services department settled with each of the behavioral health providers from
the state by the martinez administration, a monumental step towards the robust and rebuilt behavior health system now new mexico urgently needs. right. thank you. our workforce solutions department has stood up for workers against bad actors violating the law and taking advantage of them. our corrections department successfully took over management of the private prison in clayton overseeing a safe and seamless transition into better administration. we settled the jackson and duran litigations and in cases that have lasted decades and cost the state tens of millions of dollars year one.
we took the initiative on building up state's reserves for a fewer rainy day and we made sure we have an equitable framework for reforming our state pension system in a way that protects new mexico taxpayers and respects retirees, both current and future. we boosted common sense oversight of polluters and put new mexico in a direct path to being the nation's clean energy leader ensure our land, air and water, our inheritance as residents of the incredible state are passed on to future generations. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you.
we brought industry and environmental leaders together and we are moving forward on creating nation leading rules that will curb methane pollution, create jobs, and deliver more dollars in the new mexico classrooms. we took on the trump administration when they abandoned border communities, when they tried to gain access to our workforce data to deport working parents and tear families apart. with your help we will keep up those efforts, up those good fights and we will keep investing for a bright tomorrow while delivering solutions to the urgent needs of today. we are fixing what was left broken and addressing needs and turning the corner into a bright future of our incredible state, all at once. so year one, i would call it a very, very good start.
thank you. thank you. and really, i want to thank you, honorable lenl l honorable legislators, even debbie armstrong, for all of your support and leadership in helping us capitalize on the incredible opportunity of this moment, but as you all know, we have a lot of work yet to do. for one thing, we still haven't shortened all of these darn podiums. they're still way too tall. i gave that order and nothing has happened. it was the first thing i said we had to do. but in all seriousness, i do want us to reflect on how much,
in fact, we have together accomplished so very much in just one year, and yet the economic growth we've seen, which is incredible, has not yet touched families in every part of the state. we have not completed the diversification and expansion efforts we must undertake to ensure new mexico's prosperity is durable and meaningful. the educational transformation that's begun to take shape is still in the first few innings, so no, i did not hear new mexicans telling me, great job, we're done. i heard them say, great, keep going, keep going, and we are. because we're building something substantial and sweeping and powerful for the generations to come and for new mexicans right now. we are investing tomorrow and delivering today. we must continue to do both of those things aggressively,
strategically, with fiscal responsibility, top of mind. an equal measure, i'm proud of the distance we have covered and i'm eager for the chance to do more right now and perfectly aware of the climb we still have to make. as we open this 30-day session, i challenge you to think beyond the 30 days, think beyond even this year. you know, we stand together in the sunrise of a brand new decade. what we do here in this session in this coming year will set the course for what comes over the horizon in 2030 and beyond. the progress begins right here in this room and on the other side of the building, the accomplishments of lawmakers present and past, including those beloved friends and colleagues we lost this year. representative bill pratt,
senator carlos sisneros, senator pinto. it's important to reflect on their many contributions to our state and what each of them in their own way delivered for their constituents and all of new mexico. and if wec can, i think we shoud take a quiet moment to remember our colleagues and their incredible accomplishments for this state. thank you. and i thank them and their families for giving them to us for so long. thank you. thank you. over this next year, and in this coming decade, how we will work together to make new mexico the
state of success is the question. the power to answer the call forcefully is in our hands, in our willingness and capacity to be relentless and bold right now. we begin where we must, education. it would be inaccurate to say we chose education as our top priority, transforming our public education ecosystem is no less than a moral mandate, an imperative that found us, this group of legislative leaders who were obligated, and i firmly believe this group destined to deliver the single best cradle to career educational system in the country. thank you. all of you. thank you. thank you.
you know it's going to be a short speech because i have the monitor right behind me. and i insist, alongside every devoted parent and grandparent, and dedicated advocate in the state, that we've got to get it right, right now. and at the same time i recognize that what we are building requires long-term vision. we all must recognize that a genuine transformation, a moonshot, that doesn't occur overnight, but our goal is and will continue to be meaningful positive outcomes for students and teachers all while the permanent turnaround rounds itself into shape. we must continue to build, we've got to invest and deliver, we've got to pay educators more, an we've got to hire more educators.
thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. and, ladies and gentlemen, we are on our way. in year one, we cut the statewide teacher vacancy rate by 13%. proof positive that the message has been received. after eight years of neglect and disrespect, new mexico values and supports its world-class educators once again. we will keep going in a way that is sustainable and real. we will together deliver another raise for educators and school personnel this year. the most significant, back-to-back raises educators have received in almost 15
years. thank you. and thank you. thank you. thank you. in our first two years, we get to hear it again, we will have provided a 10% across-the-board raise for educators, as compared to only 6% total over the eight years before that. once again, education is not a priority then. it is now. and we will keep going. we will stay the course. with new programs require a sustained focus like extended learning time and k-5 plus. let's think about what those programs represent. it's this simple. it's more meaningful time in the classroom and it's more
meaningful time in the classroom for at risk students, more time for them to learn, create and build relationships and we know there's a direct line between that and higher achievement. with the public education department working alongside districts around the state, we estimate next year more than half of new mexico's k through 12 student body taking part in extended learning programs. we estimate, in fact, almost 5,000 teachers participating in k-5 plus. teachers in the top tier in that effort taking home almost $70,000 a year. and we will this year expend our axis of emphasis to include early childhood education and
care, comprehensively changing the trajectory for the youngest kids in this state forever. child care, pre-k, home visiting, family nutrition, early intervention services, and more. we will connect new mexico parents with the high-quality services they need to help them both cut costs in their home budgets and provide the best possible head start for their children. with your support last year, we launched the early childhood education and care department. quite frankly, a monument to our belief in what our kids and families can achieve. now, with this new department together, we opened the door to a new day for early childhood outcomes in new mexico. now we have to walk through that
door and we have to invest in learning opportunities and care networks that will make a difference for new mexico children and their families. we all want better outcomes for our kids and families. but it seems that we sometimes hesitate when it really comes time to really provide for their future. we have this incredible opportunity this year to do exactly that, to take a bold step forward, and with the early childhood trust fund, we can establish a positive dynamic and self-fulfilling cycle of improved outcomes for our children and families. you can clap. okay. thank you. thank you. thank you.
the seeds we sow in early childhood investment right now, this year, will sustain generations to come. we have committed to transforming the lives and opportunities of new mexico children and families. we believe in the unequivocal data that showed the pathways begin at the earliest age, and we accept that every unacceptable statistic about new mexico's education system stems from a lack of comprehensive opportunity for our earliest learners. so this is the moment to step up. this is our moment to stand and be counted as the single most comprehensive effort to transform early childhood outcomes of any state in the
country. and as long as we're talking about leading the nation, new mexico is the first to guarantee higher education for all, the first. we were the first state to provide college tuition for residents. the lottery scholarship is ahead of its time. now, we have seen the state, quite frankly, fall behind. we have back slid into an environment where college-abled students in new mexico wonder not where they will attend college, but whether they will at all, where adults who want to go back to school face a financial road block to new skills and fulfilling new careers and we know we're selling these new mexicans short, maybe not as short as me, but too short. you guys have been here too long already, haven't you?
but this is good stuff. the state is incredible and you're all here because you believe it and feel it just like i do. and we know if young adults don't find opportunity here, they will look elsewhere. but if we build it, they will stay. this year we can round out our world-class cradle to career educational philosophy with a comprehensive embrace of universal higher education. the opportunity scholarship. thank you. it is a prudent, sustainable investment in the bridge we must build between our classrooms and the workforce. we have the power to make tuition-free higher education a reality, benefiting an astounding 55,000 new mexico students this fall. students want it.
parents want it. let's give them the opportunity, an opportunity that works for estefan, studying education at the santa fe community college. i want estefan to be a teacher right here in new mexico. it's an opportunity that works for yuana, a sophomore nursing student. i want her to be a nurse in this state. an opportunity that works for michelle, a senior at new mexico tech, double majoring in electrical engineering and mathematics. i want michelle to put those degrees to work and build her career right here in new mexico. have these students stand and let's give them a round of applause.
we all want students like es stefan and yuana and michelle and the many tall theed adults in the gallery and watching to find their passions and build their careers here in new mexico and i want them to know they can do it without debt hanging over them for years. we should all be doing everything we can to make student tuition debt a thing of the past. otherwise, we're limiting what our young adults can do and who they can become. i would much rather invest in unlocking their unlimited potential and i'm confident we will and confidence breeds confidence. every part of this touches every other. when we move aggressively to
increase wages and invest in our public eldcation system and think outside of the box about what our state's economy and workforce can be, jobs and careers will follow. these students will stay and work here. we are transforming new mexico into a place workers and growing businesses want to be, a place with stable fulfilling employment, with opportunities to grow and raise a family. we are rapidly climbing out of the lost decade of job growth, the stagnation and forced austerity of the last administration. the minimum wage is on the way up for the first time in more than a decade benefiting -- benefiting 100,000 new mexico workers. we set a record for film and television shoots, 94
productions, pumping nearly $600 million into our economy. with more productions in rural communities under our new rural production initiative. my economic development department is making record investments in homegrown businesses across the state, creating more jobs and creating better paying jobs. i really do mean all across the state. i'm talking about farms, a fourth generation ranch, where a state contribution will help them develop a processing plant and a butcher shop that will serve hunters who currently take their game to colorado. colorado is in bad shape now. everything is going to be here. i'm talking about -- i do love the governor, but you know what, it's about us and what we can do and deliver right now. i'm talking about 420 valley, it's a manufacturing start-up. they extract cbd oil from hemp
plants and will expand to almost 60 employees over the next three years. i'm talking about dwyane kinsley -- we got clapping. the founder of sports systems, an albuquerque outdoor equipment store, he's right over there, you can stand, dwyane and thank you for being here, dwyane has launched best deal retailer. it's a start-up enterprise that has developed technology to help brick and mortar new mexico retailers keep their local shoppers by beating giant on-line retailers. it's incredible. it gives me great pleasure to thank dwyane for being here and believing in and representing the power of local economic development. hiring new mexicans and helping
new mexico businesses compete. and as outlined in my budget proposal we will build on the record local economic development and job training incentive funding that we've been delivering throughout new mexico in year one. i want to thank you for your support for these essential programs. the local jobs we created last year paid 20% better than over the last eight years. 20% better than over the last eight years. manufacturing jobs, i.t. jobs, engineering and tourism, and outdoor recreation jobs, we're creating pathways into these careers, we're getting new mexicans the skills they need to succeed because we all want an economy that is stronger than one industry, no matter how strong that industry is today. we've got to create more
opportunity in rural communities, on main streets through our state and so we've got to consider every single good idea. a perfect example is cannabis. this is the fact. recreational cannabis can be the next frontier of our economic expansion. we -- we can get in on the ground floor or we can try to play catch-up. now i know which one i prefer, and frankly, i know which one new mexicans prefer. 75% of new mexico supports the legalization of adult use cannabis, including strong support in rural areas. for years now, the legislature
has heard and productively debated recreational cannabis proposals. we've watched states come before us, wh we've watched them stumb and thrive, every year we said no, not yet, it's not for us. well, it is, in fact, easier to get to know, it is much harder to stand up and create something good and new. i believe that we're ready for that. thank you. now, i think of these 30 days in this way. they are, in fact, the final stages, not the starting point, of a conversation about cannibis. my legalization working group, a team of experts and advo the cases and experienced
stakeholders from every corner of the industry, law enforcement from rural and urban areas alike, and more, built upon the conversations the legislature has had in past years. they visited communities all across the state last year. they solis sited candid community input from parents, coaches, police officers, they laid out a vision of new mexico where they use every tool in our economic tool belt. strategically adopting best practices from the states that have come before us, creating a thriving and safe new industry, employing thousands of new mexicans and delivering hundreds of millions in revenue back to cities and counties and the state for pluck safety and health care. three out of every four new mexicans wants to realize the
awesome economic potential of this industry. i agree with the overwhelming majority of our state, i say we ought to give them the chance. it's high time we stop holding ourselves and our economy back. no laughing, representative. let's get it done. this year. let's give new mexicans yet another reason, yet another opportunity, to stay here and work and build a fulfilling 21st century career. progress is not preor dand. we have to have the vision to identify productive next steps while keeping an eye on the longer path. the distances further ahead. this past year we stood up to protect new mexicans from pernicious federal efforts to dismantle health care services. with your support we enacted safe guards against attempts to roll back the affordable care act and strip new mexicans of
the health care lifelines they depend on. unfortunately that's not enough. we, as a state, have to keep fighting to ensure health care is as affordable and high quality and as accessible as it possibly can be and this year, with your support, we can move aggressively to reduce health care costs. including drug costs for new mexico families. with your support for state bill 1, the state will pursue it importation of wholesale prescription drugs from canada, cutting costs -- thank you. because quite frankly and simply, it will just cut costs for new mexico families. and we will begin to cap co-pays and out-of-pocket costs for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, and copd,
we cannot -- this is worth clapping for. i'm going to repeat that. those life-saving drugs do no one any good if they are not affordable and out of reach of the very family members and loved ones that we stand up to support. we have the power to fix that in this state. additionally, with your support, we can invest in the essential work of rebuilding a robust behavioral health network, providing a lifeline to new mexico families that have been devastated by drugs, violence, poverty and more. those are investments in independence, in personal freedom, in people's capacity to help themselves.
new mexico seniors deserve that chance too. every single senior wants to be independent and self-sufficient as long as possible. right now, my mother sonya is in a primary care clinic without my brother and me because we are here. and she's being treated for an infection that threatens hospitalization. now, my mother is a strong, and this will be no surprise to you, stubborn woman. and she's going it alone so my brother and i can be with you here today. and i remember when my father was dying. and in spite of my mother's strong independence, she in fact relied heavily on my father. and after his death, my mother and i both knew, albeit a bit silently, that she really couldn't live alone anymore. and we began together a very
painful effort of moving her into my home with me. and i remember crisply and clearly taking the last box of her personal belongings, picking that box up, loading that box into my car. what i recognize in that moment is when i had in that small box was the last vestige of my mother's independence. and the only life she had ever really known. and i vowed then, and i do again today, to restore for seniors and dis abled adults and their care givers, the respect, services, and dignity that they deserve. [ applause ]
the key senior dignity fund that i have proposed is designed to do just that. to provide for the dignity and support seniors and caregivers knee. they understood the necessity of getting that right. i can also, like it was yesterday, remember him telling me before every one of my prop rati appropriation requests would go before his committee, so madam chair woman, be thankful, michelle, if you really care about funding these services for seniors, do not under any circumstances bring 1,000 senior citizens into this hearing room. we don't have the time.
i've got other committees. i repeat, do not do it. so i did it. and he would give me that look, like just a minute ago you were hig my hero, now you are not. and he genuinely was flustered about that. but you know what, would he wou there. he would stay until every single person testified and heard. he would walk around the room and want to know who drove the furthest. he would make the effort to give every single person in the room the time and attention that they deserved. the senior dignity fund is a ve investment in our capacity to provide that respect. he understood we are judged not
by our personal success, but quite frankly what we do for others. and in this session we can deliver new mexico seniors and care givers this game changing fund. we can make it a reality. [ applause ] we can do it. so i'm counting on you. but as we worked last year to improve health and welfare of new mexicoians, others were working to deprive them of both. and i'm talking about the criminal violence that is far too prevalent in our great state. now, let's all agree that the days of hardened, violent repeat offenders, not doing any realtime, getting unwarranted second and third and fourth chances because our system is too broken to hold people
accountable, that those days must unequivocally end, and they must end now. [ applause ] we have to draw a line. new mexicoians are sick and tired of seeing predators circle in and out of custody, never facing the full force of law. i am too. here's the fact. dangerous, repeat offenders have got to be in jail. if you are terrorizing our communities again and again, we have nothing to talk about. you must be stopped and held
accountable. and we have a chance in this session to come together as a state and put together the best practices so that we are both smart and tough on crime. we can do both. everybody, every policy maker, every level of government has to it be on board. this year we launched as a state the fugitive apprehension unit. we sent state police officers to help support local police efforts in cities and down across the border. and undid der under my proposal we'll give them the time and support they need to make meaningful connections with the communities they serve all across new mexico and to keep them safe. and i'm also proposing stiffer penalties for gun and drug and human trafficking to keep the
pur pur purveyors of those off our streets longer. [ applause ] one of my staff members had to leave work early one day this fall to pick up her daughter who was deeply shaken after her school was placed on lock-down following a threat of mass violence. think think of all our children, our friends and neighbors whose lives and livelihoods have been disrupted by lock downs or evacuations. that's criminal. and this session we are going after people who terrorized with
threat of vast violence. if we are clear about keeping our families safe, we have to accept the responsibility to give the mexicans the peace of mind they deserve. we have to create public safety krshs consciously and pro-actively every day. together, beginning this session, we will win this fight, and justice can and will be done in new mexico. thank you. [ applause ] thank you. in these next 30 days, i will be who you know me to be, senator, relentless, competitive, and highly calculated. i am who i am. i will be tireless on behalf of the new mexicoians who have not yet felt the effect of our
changing fortunes. our push towards sustainable progress. new mexicans like tiffany collins, a single mother, her daughter turns 12 next month. tiffany works two jobs to provide for her daughter. and, frankly, it's just barely enough. she feels the strain every single day working extra time, relying on family to help karp f care for her daughter. she went to um to get her bachelor's and dropped out after a few semesters because she couldn't afford tuition. what she wants is the opportunity to get ahead where she lives in grants. a chance to thrive and make a better life right there. a chance to get her daughter into high quality after school programming and get gainful fulfilling employment so she doesn't have to worry about the next bill and the next bill after that and the unexpected bill. and then maybe a medical expense
that puts everything over the edge. tiffany made the sacrifice to take time out of her schedule to be here today. and i want to recognize her as the kind of new mexican who is doing absolutely everything right. working hard. being a good mom. getting into a program where she's learning coding skills. trying to get -- [ applause ] she's working on the kind of education and training that would help her provide for her family. we have to make sure that tiffany's efforts are supported by our own efforts. we have to make school more affordable. we have to provide jobs right where she is, not 100 miles away or a couple of states away.