SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez laid out her vision for making New Mexico more economically and academically competitive Tuesday, but top-ranking state Democrats responded by claiming the governor’s plan would help big businesses more than state residents.
Delivering her third State of the State Address since taking office in 2011, Martinez told lawmakers and other elected officials that targeted tax breaks must be passed during the 60-day session for state job growth to keep up with the rates of neighboring states.
“Our goal this session should be to make New Mexico more competitive, to level the playing field so that our small businesses can grow and put more New Mexicans back to work,” the Republican governor said.
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However, while both Martinez and top Democrats called for bipartisan compromise, familiar disagreements on key issues appeared likely to flare up again during the session that began Tuesday and ends March 16.