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Michelle Lujan Grisham Applauds President’s Stance on High-Tech Jobs and Manufacturing in State of the Union

January 24, 2012

Michelle Lujan Grisham, Democratic Candidate for Congress in New Mexico’s First District, tonight responded to President Obama’s State of the Union address, especially in the areas of high tech manufacturing and jobs. Key points and issues that affect New Mexico according to Lujan Grisham are:

  • The nation’s economy is hurting and New Mexico can’t afford to fall behind. There is a Republican Party establishment in Washington that continues to block real plans for job creation, and puts ideology before problem solving, as evidenced by the Republican response.
  • It is time to get serious with a tax and regulatory policy that encourages the growth of business and a plan to increase manufacturing jobs in New Mexico and across America. One way to do this is to create a fairer tax structure for corporations, the wealthy and especially America’s middle class.
  • Promoting a strong “Buy USA” program to encourage corporations to create new technology jobs for America, and work to bring back many of those jobs that have been shipped overseas.
  • The loss of high tech jobs from 2000 through 2010 exceeded 687,000 according to the National Science Board. As a nation we need to reverse this by creating new jobs not only in manufacturing but in research and development.
  • Providing affordable educational and training opportunities for these jobs is also a key to success. Building a green economy focusing on creating jobs around technologies that produce wind, solar and geothermal energy is also a way point the nation in the right direction and controlling our own energy sources.

“As I have said before, while times are tough, we must look to the future with hope. I am committed to making New Mexico and this nation better. I will fight hard in Washington for all New Mexicans.”