Thursday, October 06, 2011

Bright Spot In NM Special Session: Jobs Bill Signed Into Law

Yesterday, Governor Susanna Martinez signed Senate Bill 1 into law, the In-State Preference bill sponsored by Senator Tim Keller (D-Bernalillo-17) in the recent special legislative session.  SB-1 was a true bright spot in the recent special session, and is expected to create thousands of new jobs in New Mexico.

Senator Keller and co-sponsor Rep. Larry Larranaga (R-Bernalillo-27) worked with the business community, the Governor’s Office and the Senate Jobs Task Force convened by Majority Floor Leader Senator Michael S. Sanchez (D-Valencia-29), to produce the legislation signed yesterday.

“The enactment of the In-State Preference bill is a shining example of how government should work for the mutual benefit of the people of New Mexico. SB-1 will now create over 3,000 jobs in our state and is the result of nearly two years of bi-partisan collaboration on the part of business stakeholders, the governors’ office and the legislature.”

“This bill will strengthen the New Mexico economy by creating a win-win situation for economic development and the private sector in our state,” said Rep. Larrañaga. “As a result, SB-1 enjoys widespread support from the legislature, governor and the entire business community,” he continued.

SB-1 corrects multiple loopholes that are in current law. The intent of the current law is to allow an advantage to in-state companies when competing for government contracts so that state tax dollars stay in New Mexico. “However, in practice, out-of-state companies have been able to abuse the system by creating shell companies that pretend to be local businesses in order to win state contracts,” said Senator Keller. The new law also extends the local preference beyond construction to all businesses that contract with the state like law, accounting, architecture, software/information technology and food producers.

Senator Keller stated he was appreciative that Governor Martinez included the bill on the agenda for the special session.  In the 2011 regular session, SB 19 -- legislation very similar to SB-1 -- successfully passed the legislature with 96 votes for and only 1 against. Ultimately, in the 2011 regular session, SB 19 was vetoed because of a “fatal” few words in the bill. After making the necessary revisions to the original bill, SB-1 was introduced in the 2011 special legislative session.

“Sometimes government can respond fast to public needs, for this measure we all put a crucial jobs policy over politics. The success of SB-1 shows us that we can work together, compromise, and create jobs,” said Senator Keller.

October 6, 2011 at 07:41 AM in Economy, Populism, Jobs, NM Legislature 2011, NM Legislature Redistricting 2011, Susana Martinez, Tim Keller | Permalink | Comments (2)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sen. Keller's Bi-Partisan Jobs Bill Back on Track Despite Veto by Gov. Martinez in Regular Session

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Sen. Keller at labor/jobs rally during 2011 regular session

Take Action: Please contact your Representative and urge him or her to support Senate Bill 1, In-State Preference.

Senate Bill 1, a jobs bill sponsored by Senator Tim Keller (D-Bernalillo-17), moved out of the Senate on a bi-partisan 39-0 vote today. The bill is a clean-up of the original measure vetoed by Governor Susana Martinez following the 2011 regular session that ended in March. SB-1, the “In-State Preference Bill,” has been praised by New Mexico business and labor leaders alike, who said it would help create more than 3,000 jobs each year for New Mexico companies by closing loopholes in the definition of what is an “in-state business.”

The Governor rejected the original jobs-creating bill that would have put New Mexicans back to work. She said she disagreed with wording in the bill because it could subject some businesses to the state’s procurement code. That original bill, SB-19, passed with overwhelming support in the Senate 35-1, and House of Representatives by 58-0.

Senator Tim Keller said the measure corrects multiple loopholes that are currently in the law that is supposed to allow an advantage to in-state companies when competing for government contracts -- so that state tax dollars stay in New Mexico. “However, in practice, out-of-state companies have been able to abuse the system by creating shell companies that pretend to be local businesses in order to win state contracts,” Senator Keller said in a statement released today.

Senator Keller and co-sponsor Rep. Larry Larranaga (R-Bernalillo-27) worked with the business community, the Governor’s Office and the Senate Jobs Task Force convened by Majority Floor Leader Senator Michael S. Sanchez (D-Valencia-29), to revise the language in question in SB 19 and produce SB 1 for the special session.

Senator Keller said he was glad the “In-State Preference” bill passed during the special session following the veto. “People have put this important policy over their politics. We can go home and say we worked together. Through compromise, we created jobs,” he added.

“This bill will strengthen the New Mexico economy by creating a win-win situation for economic development and the private sector in our state,” said Rep. Larrañaga. “As a result, SB 1 enjoys widespread support from the legislature, governor and the entire business community,” he continued.

"The past year's employment numbers indicate our construction industry in New Mexico is having a tougher time than anywhere in the nation. Our top priority remains putting our construction companies and families back to work. We appreciate our elected leaders making this their top priority, too," said Vicki Mora, CEO of the Associated General Contractors - New Mexico Building Branch. “I think businesses in New Mexico are very uncomfortable seeing over half a billion dollars worth of projects go out of state,” said Don Power, Jaynes Corp. Chairman and CEO.

SB 1 now moves on to the House of Representatives and the Governor for their approval.

Take Action: Please contact your Representative and urge him or her to support Senate Bill 1, In-State Preference.

September 22, 2011 at 06:04 PM in Jobs, NM Legislature 2011, NM Legislature Redistricting 2011, Susana Martinez, Tim Keller | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Crucial In-State Preference Jobs Bill Gaining Broad Support in Special Session

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Senator Keller, Rep. Larranaga

Take Action: Please contact your Senator and Representative and urge them to support Senate Bill 1, In-State Preference.

Senate Bill 1, In-State Preference, deals directly with the economy and job creation; and is working its way through New Mexico's special legislative session, according to a statement released by NM Senate Dems. Senator Tim Keller (D-Bernalillo-17), Representative Larry Larranaga (R-Bernalillo-27), the Governor’s office and Senate Democrats are working legislation known as the “In-State Preference Bill” during the current 2011 special legislative pursuant to item #3 in the Governor’s proclamation. 

“Better leveraging of our in-state requirements could mean the addition of more than 3,000 jobs annually for New Mexicans; unfortunately many of these jobs are currently going to out-of-state businesses,” said Sen. Keller. 

“This bill will strengthen the New Mexico economy by creating a win-win situation for economic development and the private sector in our state,” said Rep. Larry Larrañaga. “As a result, SB 1 enjoys widespread support from the legislature, governor and the entire business community,” he continued.

The In-State Preference Bill corrects multiple loopholes that are currently on the books. In theory, current law is supposed to allow an advantage to in-state companies when competing for government contracts so that state tax dollars stay in New Mexico. However, in practice, out-of-state companies have been able to abuse the system by creating shell companies that pretend to be local businesses in order to win state contracts. 

"The past year's employment numbers indicate our construction industry in New Mexico is having a tougher time than anywhere in the nation. Our top priority remains putting our construction companies and families back to work. We appreciate our elected leaders making this their top priority, too," said Vicki Mora, CEO of the Associated General Contractors - New Mexico Building Branch.

“I think businesses in New Mexico are very uncomfortable seeing over half a billion dollars worth of projects go out of state,” said Don Power, Jaynes Corp. Chairman and CEO. 

Earlier this year during the 2011 regular session, Senator Keller and Rep. Larrañaga co-sponsored Senate Bill 19, the In-State Procurement Advantage (or in-state preference) bill which passed the Senate 35-1, passed the House of Representatives 58-0, but was not signed. The Governor’s message stated that SB19 contained a few words that inadvertently could subject some businesses to the state’s procurement code. 

As a result, Senator Keller and Rep. Larranaga worked with the business community, the Senate Democrats Majority Leader’s Jobs Task Force, and the Governor’s office in the interim to revise the language in question in SB 19 and produce SB 1 for the special session.

“We need to do everything in our power to get New Mexicans back to work, now; and the In-State Preference Bill does just that,” said Senator Keller.

Take Action: Please contact your Senator and Representative and urge them to support Senate Bill 1, In-State Preference.


September 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM in Jobs, NM Legislature 2011, NM Legislature Redistricting 2011, Tim Keller | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

7/23: Join Us at Backyard Cookout in Support of NM Senator Tim Keller

Please Join
Dem Party Ward Chair and Emergista
Cara Valente Compton
For a backyard cookout in support of the

District 17 State Senator Tim Keller
Democrat Party “Rising Star” Designee
Chorizo Report Champion for Justice
100% Conservation 2010 Voting Record

Saturday, July 23rd, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
At the Compton’s in ABQ’s International District
4837 Southern Ave SE
Click for Flyer (pdf)

Hosted by:
Bernalillo County Dem Chair Ana Canales, Young Dem President Benai Padilla, Dem Women’s Chair Nili Lang, and Dem Party Executive Director Scott Forrester,
Barb and Mary Ellen from Democracy for New Mexico,
and IATSE 423, frm Party Chair John Wertheim, frm Counciler Michael Cadigan and Traci Cadigan, Charlie Bennett, Vernon Butler, Tomas Garduno, Katy Duhigg, Debra Haaland, Dorothy Temer, Jacob Candelaria, Sanders Moore, Javier Martinez, Neri Holguin, Nikki Denis, Rachel Lazar

With special guests:
Representative Mimi Stewart, City Councilor Rey Garduno and frm Representative Lenton Malry
Food and Beverages Will Be Provided

Suggested donation:
$25 for supporters, $150 for promoters, $350 for benefactors, $500 for champions Any amount welcome!

Donate Online: www.TimKellerForNewMexico.com
Or send check to Tim Keller for New Mexico
at 11023 Vistazo Pl SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87123

There will also be a NM Democratic Party update
and open discussion on the issues!

July 13, 2011 at 07:41 AM in 2012 Legislature Races, Democratic Party, DFNM - Albq, Events, Tim Keller | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Saturday 7/9: Fun, Music and Fundraising Party for NM Sen. Tim Keller

In my book, this is one not to miss! Not only is it a fundraiser for Tim Keller -- one of our very best and brightest Dem State Senators -- but it will feature all kinds of fun, music, food and the lively company of kindred spirits. Kid friendly too:

Ann Piper and Blair Kaufman Invite You
To A Fundraising Party For
New Mexico Senator Tim Keller
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Join Special SE Heights Leader co-hosts:
frm Lt. Governor Diane Denish, PRC Commissioner Jason Marks, Senator Cisco McSorley, Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton, Representative Gail Chasey, County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, School Board Member Marty Esquivel and City Councilor Rey Garduno

And Co Sponsors:
Christine Trujillo, Sara Attleson and ABQ Teachers Federation, Leanne Leith, Bill Jordan, Lissa Knudson, Ariel Bickel, Nikki Dennis, Nick Estes, Maria Painter, Reena Szczepanski,
Jennifer Ford and Sheri Jett

Music, door prizes, silent auction, food and fellowship!
Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 6:00 till 9:00 PM
715 Amherst SE
(1 block west of Carlisle, 7 blocks south of Central)
Blair & Ann – 256-1477 (h) or 259-0659 (c)
Click for Flyer

Think Blue! Think Tim Keller for NM Senate!
Pass the word! Everyone is welcome!
Kid friendly party!
Suggested donation:
$25.00 for supporters $150.00 for promoters
$350.00 for benefactors $500.00 for champions
Any amount welcome!

July 7, 2011 at 09:07 AM in 2012 Legislature Races, Events, Tim Keller | Permalink | Comments (0)