Gardner addresses NMML

September 2, 2011 • Local News

The agenda of the Sept. 6 legislative special session was the focus of Keith Gardner’s, chief of staff for Gov. Susana Martinez, remarks Thursday afternoon during a luncheon honoring past presidents at the New Mexico Municipal League conference. Martinez, who was originally scheduled to speak, was unable to attend for family [auth] reasons.

The first order of business for the session will be the highly publicized redistricting plan.

Gardner said that Martinez has added items to the agenda, including a high-wage tax credit, which provides tax credits to businesses that bring high-wage jobs to New Mexico.

“How do we enforce this law? It conflicts with a New Mexico state statute,” he asked. Companies receive a variety of financial incentives for bringing their businesses to New Mexico, and Gardner said Martinez and her staff want to ensure they receive those incentives.

Gardner said that the governor wants the Legislature to reach a fair and appropriate decision on the use of fireworks during severe weather conditions, consider a capital outlay bill and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

Gardner put to rest rumors that the session will last for weeks stating his belief that it will last just four or five days.

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