Susan Herrera

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 41

Susan will continue to be a voice for equality in New Mexico!

Biography

Last year New Mexico saw the biggest increase in educational funding in 8 years. This year they have further increased funding for education by 28%, and gave all teachers a 5% raise and all school personnel a 4% raise. They continue to concentrate on improving education for all students. It is expected that they will create an Early Childhood Education Trust Fund in the amount of$300 million and have increased investment in early childhood programs by 28%.

Susan has worked tirelessly in both sessions to provide funding to create a drug treatment center at the old nursing home in Espanola. In April of 2020, she will be cutting the ribbon for a center that will house 110 clients and create jobs for approximately 70 people. In addition, the Hoy Recovery Program will open its doors within the next six months to house 22 women and their children for long-term drug abuse treatment programs while also creating about 25 jobs.

Susan carried the legislation in the House in the last session to create a technical trade school at Northern’s El Rito Campus and joined with the school districts of Espanola, Taos, Jemez Springs, Pojoaque, and Mesa Vista to pass a bond issue to support the long term funding of a technical trade school. Northern’s El Rito Campus is scheduled to open next fall. They will offer dual enrollment programs for the Pipefitters, Plumbers, and Electricians. Next year, juniors in high school may begin taking courses at both their high school and Northern. Upon graduation they will be certified trades workers, leading to jobs at the Lab with beginning wages of $60,000 a year plus benefits.

This year she carried the Census Bill (SB4) in the House and it was signed by the Governor on February 10th. This bill will help bring in an additional $7.8 billion a year in federal funds to the state over the next 10 years. She is working on HB 248 to provide about $10 million a year for Mutual Domestic Water Associations to help repair and rebuild aging systems in rural unincorporated areas of our state. She was appointed to the House Appropriations & Finance Committee for 2020 and, in that capacity, she has helped create a new judgeship for the First Judicial District (Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Rio Arriba).

This will help clear up the backlog in our courts. Susan was instrumental in getting Dual Enrollment Credit for our colleges, which brings sustaining revenues to Northern New Mexico College for the coming years.

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