Gov.-elect Susana Martinez announced that new Lt. Governor John Sanchez is about to start a statewide “listening tour” of small businesses and told reporters, among other topics, that layoffs of state employees are still a possibility.
Martinez and Sanchez toured a paper company in Albuquerque Wednesday (Nov. 10) as part of their announcement that Sanchez will visit all 33 counties in New Mexico. The Lt. Governor-elect will start in the northern part of the state and move southwards over the coming days in an effort to hear suggestions from owners, managers and employees of small businesses to help spur the state’s flat economy:
Sanchez plans on issuing a report to the new governor, summarizing his tour, in mid-December. Governor-elect Martinez takes office on Jan. 1.
The incoming governor also talked briefly on a number of other topics, including:
- Her plans to sell the state jet are still intact: “I definitely do want to sell it.” Martinez says her staff is exploring what the market for private planes looks like to determine a price.
- Balancing regulation with business interests: “I’m never going to be able to say across the board, ‘A wins over B every time.’ We have to start looking at it in a way that says, what is the impact on the economy if we impose that regulation? What are the benefits for imposing that regulation on the environment? And if it’s not beneficial and but it does have a huge impact on the economy, then the economy wins.”
- Her hope that she can avoid further layoffs of state employees as she and lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session battle the state’s $260 million budget shortfall: