Senator Keller Helps our Community in the following ways:
· East Central Gateway is near completion, see http://www.cabq.gov/council/current-projects-and-studies/east-central-sector-redevelopment-planfor more information
· International District sector plan see http://www.cabq.gov/planning/long-range/InternationalDistrict.htmlfor more information and to get involved fill the survey out at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8QVQ565
We have convened for the short one month legislative session in Santa Fe to craft our state budget and deliberate on an agenda limited to requests by the Governor. With the last session of my first four-year term underway, I am reaching out to provide an update on the current session, past legislative results, district improvements, redistricting, and to seek your input on the major issues facing our state.
2012 Jobs and Reform Agenda
After continued conversations with many of you and some hard work between sessions, I have developed and introduced several bills designed to serve our district and address key economic and government reform issues statewide. My 2012 Jobs and Reform Agenda includes legislation to bolster business investments, incentivize job creation, improve education funding, establish a higher education energy technology endowment, reduce
bureaucratic red tape, restructure the public regulation commission (PRC), reform Expo New Mexico, revitalize the State Fairgrounds, clean up the Kirtland fuel leak, reform foreclosure laws, modernize voter registration and fund adolescent heroin addiction treatment.
Over the past few years, the Legislature has cut 20% of government spending (nearly $2 billion dollars) and broadened our tax base. These prudent efforts, combined with improving economic conditions, have generated an estimated $250 million surplus. I continue to support fiscally responsible spending that improves our public safety, healthcare and education systems while minimizing the burden on New Mexico taxpayers. I will also continue to champion broad based tax reform that reduces the over $1 billion dollars in special tax giveaways to interest groups and corporations and lowers overall tax rates for all New Mexicans.
Past Legislative Results
Over the last four years, I have tried to boldly challenge the status quo by leading efforts to create local careers, reform broken government, build a globally competitive education system, establish equitable healthcare, and design stronger communities. I have been fortunate to pass over 30 pieces of legislation. A few of the highlights include the In-state Preference law for New Mexico companies, anti-corruption laws for the State Investment .
Council and the 40% solar rebate for homeowners.
In 2013, I was fortunate to pass ten more pieces of legislation including groundbreaking reform of the broken Public Regulations Commission (PRC). I was also able to dedicate funds for our local community for a variety of projects including start-up funds for a new library and Zuni Road improvements. These appropriations include funds for technology and new books in our local public schools. Unfortunately, Governor Martinez again vetoed funding that was allocated for revitalizing Central Avenue.
In 2012, I was able to secure funds for our local community for a variety of projects. These included increased technology in our local public schools, state fair improvements, and a new â€śspray groundâ€ť play area for Cesar Chavez Community Center. I believe that our legislature has avoided many tough issues and has not put forth the big ideas we need to fix the problems of our state. New Mexico lags behind the country with respect to the economy and education and is facing many other urgent issues. I feel that New Mexicans want actionsâ€”not just wordsâ€”and they want their representatives and senators to work across parties to get the job done. I worked to bring focus to solutions that fit these challenges.
In 2011, I was grateful to pass a substantial job creation measure that gives preference to local New Mexico companies who do business with city, county, education and state entities. The In-State Preference Bill, which earned bipartisan support, also closes loopholes that allowed out-of-state firms to easily obtain state contracts. The new law is expected to bring at least $30 million dollars back home and create an estimated 10,000 new jobs.
In 2010, I worked very hard to develop and pass necessary anti-corruption legislation to reform our State Investment Council (SIC). The SIC manages our stateâ€™s $15 billion endowment, and was rife with scandal and corruption that cost New Mexico hundreds of millions of dollars. These new anti-corruption laws have already resulted in comprehensive reform of the SIC and Iâ€™m hopeful the structural changes will prevent abuse and corruption in the future.
In 2009, I authored the new solar law that gives a 40% rebate to home owners who invest in solar related improvements to their homes. For more information on passed legislation over these past four years, visit www.timkellerfornewmexico.com.
We continue to make progress in revitalizing our diverse district. Over the last four years Iâ€™ve been proud to secure an additional $1 million in capital funding to improve our district schools and to support the establishment of our new PB&J Early Childhood Development Center. I have also supported two new community health clinics, the expanded MATS detox center, multiple community garden projects, the East Central Gateway and International District Sector Plans, the Asian American Center plans and the condemnation of rundown apartment and hotel buildings.
I also advocated against the new casino deal at Expo NM due to the lack of community input and the missed opportunity for a comprehensive redesign of the State Fairgrounds. Ultimately, a new 25-year lease was granted by the Governorâ€™s administration to the Downs to build a new casino. The process for awarding the contract was done in such a way that the Legislature did not have a vote in the decision. I am continuing to fight for the interests so many of you have expressed and am currently proposing legislation to change the governance structure at Expo NM and broaden the financing options available for improvement of the grounds.
Our state government recently completed the redistricting process required by federal law based on 10 year census population changes. The Legislative maps have been redrawn for the coming decade. The new map is available at www.nmlegis.gov. As a result, District 17 will gain (precinct 275) of the Elder Homestead neighborhood, Princess Jean neighborhood (precinct 542) and Mesa Village (precinct 476) and will lose the southern half of Willow Wood (precinct 324) and Fair West Neighborhood (precinct 476).
Kirtland Air Force Base Jet Fuel Leak
Finally, multiple governmental entities continue to cooperate to remediate the jet fuel leak at Kirtland Air Force Base. The Federal Government recently committed up to $40 million to fund the clean-up efforts and recent estimates have moved the remediation timeline up from 40 years to 10 years. For more information visit: http://www.kirtland.af.mil/environment.asp.
Communication and Feedback
I greatly appreciate your continued input on issues facing our district and our state. Please feel free to contact me at 332-9441 or email@example.com and stop by my office (#300) if you make it up to Santa Fe during the session. Our next Town Hall will take place on March 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Hawthorn Elementary (420 General Somervell Street NE) and I hope to see you there. It has been a great honor and pleasure representing you for these past four years and I look forward to running for re-election in District 17 this year.
On a personal note, 2011 was a special year for me; I married Elizabeth Kistin in September! Elizabeth was born and raised in Corrales and looks forward to continuing to meet folks in our community.
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