Tuesday’s Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast featured Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-District 43) and Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-District 38) reporting on the jobs package passed by this year’s legislature.
The jobs package was the result of two years of effort by the Legislative Jobs Council, which was former House Speaker W. Ken Martinez’ (D-District 69) answer to what Garcia Richard called “abysmal” job growth.
When Martinez formed the council in 2013, job growth was at just 1 percent.
The council, which is comprised of legislators from both sides of the aisle as well as representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, small business owners and labor, has received strong backing from Gov. Susana Martinez and the new Republican leadership in the House.
All Jobs Council recommendations require unanimous approval.
“The list for last legislative session came out of two years’ work by jobs council and unanimous agreement,” Garcia Richard said. “So that was pretty phenomenal, because you had labor and business at the same table, agreeing on the same recommendations.”
The initiatives proposed by the council and approved by the legislature include: