During the 2004 legislative session I proposed and the Legislature approved a bill to waive the state sales tax on efficient hybrid automobiles, ... Today, hybrid-buyers in New Mexico are saving big bucks when they purchase one of these efficient hybrids. The savings on this Escape, for instance, are about $800.
Development of this private industry in New Mexico will allow NASA and other international government space agencies to focus their efforts on exploring the further reaches of space, including manned travel to Mars and beyond.
The stability of Asia, the future of Japan and the security of America will be determined by our ability to convince the North Koreans once and for all to dismantle their nuclear program, ... That is the goal of the six-party talks which I support and that is the message I will be carrying.
I know it is politically easy and popular to send money back to the taxpayers - but our schools need support, our teachers need raises, and our kids need health care, ... Unless I can be assured that these tax measures do not threaten other critical programs, I cannot support them.
New Mexico is launching a new era of opportunity that will bring with it high-wage jobs and economic growth, particularly for southern New Mexico, ... It is a cutting edge initiative that will help us continue to move our state forward.
The President, in talking about freedom and democracy, is sparking a wave of very positive democratic sentiment that might help us override both Islamic fundamentalism that has formed in that region, and also some of the hatred for our policies of invading Iraq.
We know that kids with quality early learning opportunities are more likely to graduate from high school, more likely to graduate from college, and more likely to earn higher income. And we know for every one dollar we invest in early education, we save seven dollars down the line in welfare, special education, and criminal justice costs. Our children deserve the chance for an early start on success.
We have been saying we need a home heating oil reserve, we've been saying that stocks are low, and we need (legislation) passed, ... We need the Congress to approve a reasonable trigger for releasing the oil in the reserve.
I think it's unfair to blame President Bush here, ... What I would blame is the bureaucratic red tape throughout the system that is out of control with little credibility and way too turf-conscience. Rather than point fingers in blame, the state and the federal governments need to develop a new emergency system.
Granted, it's not going to be enough, but I believe, with the sheriff's department of the four counties that I issued the executive order, overtime pay, additional staffing of $1.7 million dollars, I think we're going to do a lot better job,
We want to engage the Chinese, we don't want to isolate them, ... We want to talk to them about nuclear non-proliferation, about warhead safety, about cooperation on science. We're not giving them extra technology, sensitive technology, nuclear information.
The president is committed to such a vision, introducing proposals to boost domestic production, spur energy efficiency and increase the use of alternative energy resources. We have extensive opportunities in the field of bio-energy,