Susana Martinez in 2017 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Crime: Collect DNA from felons

We funded bold education reform; passed stricter penalties on repeat DWI offenders; expanded Katie's law to collect DNA from felons; passed Jaydon's Law to give judges the entire criminal history of offenders; protected victims of sexual assault with Rachael's Law; and ended the dangerous practice of giving drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants. We can address challenges while protecting the progress we've made.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to New Mexico Legislature Jan 17, 2017

On Energy & Oil: Diversify so we're not at mercy of federal government

One year ago, I warned about the impacts of lost oil and gas revenue. We all know the cause of the crisis. We've been at the mercy of the federal government and an unpredictable oil and gas market. We have been among the top five most dependent states on the federal government. Oil and gas revenues make up a third of our budget. It's been this way for decades and we won't change it overnight. But we must continue diversifying our economy and restraining the size of government.

When sequestration hit, we got an up-close look at what can happen when we are too reliant on federal government spending, and now we're seeing it with oil and gas. In just a year and a half, oil prices dropped 71 percent. That hit us hard. We lost over 11,000 oil and gas jobs. Despite those losses, we added over 30,000 private sector jobs. That's a direct result of choosing reforms: We are diversifying our economy and laying a strong foundation for private-sector growth.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to New Mexico Legislature Jan 17, 2017

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