Authors: ada UPDATE: March 24th, 2:45 pm Pacific: HB622, which will help community colleges create green jobs curriculums throughout the state, passed in the final minutes of the 2009 session. This makes 2 green jobs bills (HB622 and SB318) that made it through the New Mexico legislature. Read our earlier post on both of these bills. On Wednesday, March 18th, the New Mexico state Legislature passed the Green Jobs Bill (Senate Bill 318, Development Funds for Green Jobs)! Senator Eric Griego and Speaker Ben Lujan co-sponsored the bill, which Green For All and our friends New Mexico Youth Organized worked to craft and pass. If signed by Governor Richardson, this bill will encourage small environmentally-friendly businesses to relocate to New Mexico by giving them incentives through the Job Training Investment Fund. The Job Training Investment Fund would reimburse these businesses for the cost of training local workers.
“By investing in green jobs we can provide clean energy for New Mexico and at the same time create thousands of jobs. These jobs will help working families that are struggling during tough financial times.” –Senator Eric Griego
“Senator Griego’s bill will attract green businesses to the state and encourage them to hire local residents for well-paid, dignified jobs. This simultaneously helps the environment, increases the employment rate, and improves the economy. Ultimately, this is good for people and the planet.” ‐ Vien Truong, Senior Policy Associate Green For AllSB 318 Is the first in a series of Green Jobs Bills to build the infrastructure necessary to meet federal requirements for the 2009 Stimulus package. By passing this bill, members of the New Mexico Legislature have taken an important step to help bring federal dollars to the state and develop a sustainable workforce.