HANG LOOSE – Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico and honorary chairman of the OUR America Initiative, spoke Wednesday night at a special town hall meeting in South Lake Tahoe. Governor Johnson spoke on key issues such as cutting deficits, lowering taxes, immigration reform, legalizing marijuana and ending the war in Afghanistan.
Governor Johnson, a former ski racer and avid telemark skier, promised to return this winter and join city council candidate Steve Kubby for some world-class tree skiing at Heavenly. The former governor who is rumored to be considering a run for President in 2012, has traveled to 28 states, where he has met with various student and political groups that are concerned with the increase in government spending and the future of the American economy.
As Governor of New Mexico, from 1994 to 2002, Johnson was known for his commonsense business approach to governing. He eliminated New Mexico’s budget deficit, cut the rate of growth in state government in half and privatized half of the state prisons. During his term, New Mexico experienced the longest period without a tax increase in the State’s history. Additionally, Governor Johnson vetoed 750 bills and issued thousands of line item vetoes.
Since the launch of OUR America in December of 2009, Governor Johnson has garnered significant media coverage, recently appearing on several prominent national news programs, including the Hannity Show, FOX News, FOX Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC, The Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Maher, as well as on hundreds of radio programs around the country.