Governor continues to improve education and economy in New Mexico
By Bill Allen
Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce President
The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce was honored to have Gov.
Susana Martinez as guest speaker at the annual Membership Update Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 24. Martinez’s passion for children is what has led her to succeed as a prosecutor and now as governor through the impacts she has made in New Mexico schools.
“Our children are the future leaders of New Mexico,” Martinez said. She also reviewed a variety of programs offered to schools, such as reading coaches. Schools that took advantage of the reading coaches increased reading scores by 7 percent she said. Martinez proudly announced the Breakfast After the Bell Food Program, which allows children who miss breakfast hour to eat a small breakfast at their desk.
She emphasized the importance of children eating to be able to concentrate during the school day.
“New Mexico is the No. 1 state for Hispanics and children in poverty in advancement placement,” Martinez said.
She also touted the now 11 early college high schools open throughout New Mexico.
Our state receives a high amount of federal dollars due to the national labs and military bases, and when there are cuts at the federal level, families suffer, Martinez said. Faced with more than a $400 million deficit when she took office, Martinez said she has balanced the state’s budget and delivered surpluses annually without raising taxes.
Th egovernorisproudtoseesmallareas in New Mexico grow, such as Santa Teresa through the industrial park and Moriatry which now is a location for Google.
“Encouraging manufacturing companies back to New Mexico is important,” Martinez said.
“We are on the right path and are now rated Best in the West by Ernest Young,” she said.
The governor is excited about the relationship New Mexico is creating with Mxico. “Life is better for them and for us,” she said.