Governor Bill Richardson
I had the opportunity to see Governor Bill Richardson speak today. I was suitably impressed… I’m horribly rushed for time, so I can’t give a full rundown of the governor’s visit at the moment (I will later, I promise), but here are a few things that stuck out to me:
Education — Governor Richardson had concrete ideas on how to improve education, not the least of which was increasing teachers’ salary as he did in New Mexico. $40,000 a year was the number he mentioned as a starting wage. He talked about national standards vs. “No Child Left Behind.” The cost of higher education was discussed as well.
Jobs — Again, there were some very concrete and viable ideas on how to spur the economy.
Veterans’ Rights — This one really stuck out. The Governor spoke of instituting a “Hero’s Card,” a card issued to each veteran that would allow the vet to get medical care at any hospital or clinic instead of having to travel to a VA hospital. (I looked at Richardson’s web site a few days ago. He has a LOT of good ideas and plans regarding veterans’ rights — soldiers are exempt from income tax the first year after their service to ease transformation into civilian society, veterans receive a 5% break on income tax for life, etc.)
I’ll write more on this later. In the meantime, here are some photos…