- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says 14,000 jobs have been created in the New Mexico over the past year but more needs to be done to attract businesses to the state.

She called on lawmakers Tuesday to create a level playing field for small businesses to compete with big corporations.

She also suggested that more money be funneled into the state’s job training program, which pays a portion of the salaries of new employees hired in New Mexico while they undergo training.

Martinez also wants to invest more in downtown districts, particular in the state’s rural communities, and offer targeted tax relief for small businesses that are starting out.

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