January 30, 2014

President Obama Talks Minimum Wage with New Mexico Legislature

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This week, President Obama called for a national effort to raise the minimum wage.  But while Washington is just getting organized around this, New Mexico is already leading the way.
Last year progressives in the legislature moved a state minimum wage hike forward only to have Governor Martinez veto it.  This year, they are back at it with a proposal to take a minimum wage increase directly to voters as a Constitutional amendment.
Our legislature is working to help New Mexico’s economy grow and the country is watching.  In fact, here’s proof:

State of New Mexico
House of Representatives
W. Ken Martinez, Speaker of the House
Rick Miera, House Majority Leader
Antonio “Moe” Maestas, House Majority Whip

For Immediate Release – January 30, 2014

The following is a synopsis from a conference call that occurred around 11 MST am this morning.  The White House organized a conference call with legislators around the country, WH senior staff, and President Barack Obama.  Speaker W. Ken Martinez was invited to speak and asked a question.

At 11 AM today, Speaker W. Ken Martinez joined other legislators from around the country to participate in a W.Ken Martinez, WH Conf Callconference call with President Barack Obama and Senior White House staff including Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, David Agnew, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

The call occurred two days after the President’s State of the Union Address, which focused on his legislative agenda and called for 2014 to be a “year of action”.

On the call, President Obama again outlined his priorities for 2014 and his White House staff took questions.

Speaker Martinez offered up a bushel of green chile from New Mexico to the White House, in which the White House graciously accepted.

The Speaker then highlighted his commitment to increase the minimum wage during New Mexico’s legislative session.

David Agnew and Valerie Jarrett both thanked Speaker Martinez for his leadership on minimum wage in New Mexico and offered their support.

Attached are few photos of the Speaker on the call.