Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard was explaining economic-base jobs to fellow members of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.
The Los Alamos teacher had learned as an advisory member of the Jobs Council that economic-base jobs sell goods or services outside the state.
It was one of those moments of clarity that cut through the political haze. Finally, after years of chasing anything that might have a payroll, lawmakers are educating themselves on the basics of a real economy.
This is why the pyrotechnics last week in the House Judiciary Committee over Right-to-Work was so disheartening. In the last two years, the Jobs Council drew together both parties, along with business, labor, the administration and councils of government, to create proposals that would move us down the road.
Now House members were jeopardizing that bipartisan goodwill with marathon, brutal debates over union membership as a condition of employment.
Twice last week, the cavernous House chamber filled with business people and labor, one suited up, the other in blue jeans.
They’re two sides of the same pancake. They need each other, they all want jobs and there is plenty of legislation that they do agree on.
In the Republican-majority House committee, Right-to-Work was bound to pass, just as it will on the floor.