Economy and Jobs

Revitalizing New Mexico’s economy and securing jobs for Americans is a top priority for Rep. Luján and has been since he was first elected to Congress in 2009. Rep. Luján is fighting to strengthen families’ economic security, promote fair wages for workers, and help employers and small businesses to create jobs and succeed.

Championing New Mexico’s National Laboratories

New Mexico’s National Laboratories are vital to both the state’s economy and the country’s national security. Rep. Lujan believes that by strengthening the lab’s focus on workforce recruitment and retention, local small business procurement, technology transfer, regional university partnerships, and STEM education, the labs can build the regional capabilities they need to meet their current and future missions  and create economic opportunities for New Mexicans. He has pushed to create a dedicated fund to provide for the government’s share of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) that support maturing lab technology and transferring it to the private sector.

Luján also co-leads the bipartisan Technology Transfer Caucus that brings together members who share the goal of strengthening our economy by helping move technological innovations that are occurring at New Mexico’s national labs and universities into the marketplace. Luján also serves as a co-chair of the bipartisan National Labs Caucus, which works to raise awareness about the importance of the national labs to the long-term economic vitality and security of the nation.

“These labs are the home of cutting edge science and research that have the potential to provide a new engine for our economy. The transfer of technology developed at these facilities into the marketplace promotes economic growth, provides American manufacturers with a competitive edge, and accelerates further innovation. Working with local businesses, there can be internship and fellowship programs that provide valuable experience to prepare New Mexico’s workforce. With the right focus we can attract and educate workers with the skills that then entice more businesses to set up shop in our communities – building an ecosystem around the labs that establishes a workforce pipeline and broader pool of capabilities to draw on.” 

Promoting Broadband Deployment

Rep. Lujan is committed to expanding access to broadband internet to New Mexicans. He has urged the Federal Communications Commission to modernize its universal service funding mechanisms to encourage deployment in rural areas and supported modernizing the FCC’s Lifeline program to expand access to broadband.

"Broadband technology connects communities, helps businesses grow, and provides students with the opportunity to learn new skills. As we expand broadband technology, we must ensure that our rural communities have access. In a 21st century economy where connectivity is key, we cannot allow our communities to be left behind. Whether it’s a worker applying for a job online, a student who needs the internet to do homework, or a small business selling its products with a click of a mouse, broadband access opens up the doors of opportunity. If we can have internet access at 30,000 feet in an airplane, we should be able to have internet access on tribal land and throughout rural New Mexico.”

Workforce Training Programs

Job training programs are crucial to ensuring that workers have the skills necessary to be competitive in our expanding job market. Rep. Lujan introduced legislation to support training programs for the wind, solar, and geothermal energy sectors, as well as occupations in high performance building construction and retrofitting, recycling and waste reduction, water and energy conservation, and sustainable agriculture. He has fought to provide millions of dollars in funding for federal grants directed at supporting such training programs.

“As we grow our economic sectors, we need skilled workers who are prepared for the jobs of the future. It is critically important that we train our workforce to participate in a clean energy economy. A workforce training program is a key component that will help workers get the skills and training they need to find a good job. Investing in the people of New Mexico so that we grow the middle class and combat the cycle of poverty is the key to a brighter future.”

Safeguarding Common Sense Financial Regulations

Rep. Luján voted to reform Wall Street by ending predatory lending practices, preventing costly taxpayer bailouts, creating tough new rules on the riskiest financial practices, and improving oversight and enforcement. He will continue to fight to protect consumers from the irresponsibility of Wall Street.

"For too long, New Mexicans have been harmed by the irresponsible actions of Wall Street. Under the Bush Administration, this lack of accountability led to a bailout of Wall Street and a near collapse of our financial system. Today, we are taking important steps to reform our system and hold Wall Street accountable. It’s time to fix the problems that got us here and protect taxpayers."

Raising the Minimum Wage

Rep. Luján believes that the current federal minimum wage is too low for the average worker to live on, and supports raising it to meet the daily needs of our hard working citizens. He knows that many full-time workers and their families still live below the poverty line.

“New Mexico’s workers want to receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.  They want to work hard so they can send their children to college and save for a dignified retirement. Yet at today’s minimum wage, many full-time workers and their families have to work two or three jobs just to get by.  Raising the minimum wage will reward hard work, grow opportunities, and strengthen our economy. An increase in the minimum wage is not only good for workers, it’s good for businesses as it increases worker morale and contributes to a decrease in employee turnover. It also puts more money in the pockets of consumers, helping small businesses in our communities grow. It’s time to give workers in New Mexico a raise.”

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