Denish Jobs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – (AP) Lt. Gov. Diane Denish is proposing a state tax credit for small businesses that create jobs.

Denish announced the proposal Thursday as part of her campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor.

A $2,500-a--job tax credit was among several initiatives she supports to help small businesses and to create jobs in rural areas.

Denish called for expanding a program that helps provide micro-loans to small businesses and giving a preference to New Mexico-based small businesses seeking governmental contracts. She proposed giving a priority to financing of capital improvement projects that expand high-speed Internet access and cell phone coverage in rural New Mexico.

Denish is unopposed on the June primary election ballot. Five Republicans are seeking their party's gubernatorial nomination.

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