I am truly beginning to believe that Gov. Susana Martinez has less than nothing to say about job creation in New Mexico. In fact, I might even venture to say she’s bordering on being an anti-business, anti-jobs governor.
New Mexico is still in the midst of a devastating recession with unemployment stuck in the 9 percent range and the Albuquerque area lagging as the 93rd-ranked metro area for job growth.
New Mexicans demand a governor focused every day on creating opportunities to put our people back to work.
What does that mean? Incentives to attract companies; investments in adult education to retrain our workforce to expand their base of marketable skills; and an exploration of innovative new industries that will create jobs decades into the future, such as renewable energy development and transmission.
Sadly, we have heard not one word from our governor on any of these issues.
Instead, we get the rollout of an anti-gang effort.
No one would argue that fighting crime is important, and I certainly appreciate any effort to quell gangs in New Mexico.
But increasingly, Martinez’s absolute silence on jobs and her inability to coherently communicate a statewide jobs plan has become more and more noticeable every time she opens her mouth on any other subject.
Couple that with her refusal to sign a fix to the unemployment insurance fund, which was widely supported by the business community, and her attacks on the film industry, and you have a governor who I would call downright hostile to business.
Because she apparently has little or nothing to say about our state’s most pressing issue, I guess the people of New Mexico are expected to believe her jobs plan is to simply do nothing and hope the economy gets better.
This is not only troubling for the prospects of an economic recovery, but it’s also a bad thing for the long-term economic future of our state.